Court denies special action against ex-regulator

Posted at 4:50 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 14:52:48-05

The Arizona Supreme Court has denied a petition for special action against a former member of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The high court met Tuesday to consider arguments made by Susan Bitter Smith and  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Brnovich said on Twitter, Bitter Smith's resignation ends the case.

Bitter Smith's resignation took effect Monday and Gov. Doug Ducey appointed former Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin as her replacement.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich seeked Bitter Smith's removal because her work as a lobbyist for cable TV firms created a conflict of interest. Bitter Smith says she has no conflict and the court should consider the case to make sure other officeholders don't have similar problems.