Corporation commissioner Andy Tobin floats overhaul plan

Posted at 6:47 AM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 09:47:58-04

An Arizona Corporation Commission member wants a major overhaul of the regulatory body's oversight functions that includes transferring many of its duties to agencies overseen by the governor.

Commissioner Andy Tobin's proposal would transfer securities, railroad and pipeline safety and corporation oversight to executive agencies. Tobin also said Wednesday he wants to review other commission duties to improve efficiency.

Tobin wants the commission to focus on regulating water and electric utilities.

Tobin acknowledged the transfers may require voter approval.

He's one of five Republicans running in this month's primary for three seats.

The two Democrats running for the seats, Bill Mundell and Tom Chabin, blasted the proposal. They said the state Constitution created the commission to keep its consumer protection roles protected from political pressure from the governor and Legislature.