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Jane Dee Hull
Governor Hull was born August 8, 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas in 1957 and has taken postgraduate courses in political science and economics at Arizona State University. She is also a graduate of the Josephson Ethics Institute. She taught in the Chinle, Arizona, schools from 1962-1964. Mrs. Hull was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1978, taking office in January 1979. She represented District 18 until resigning her position in 1993 to run for Secretary of State. During her tenure in the House of Representatives, she served as Chairman of the Government Operations Committee and in 1988 was elected Majority Whip. She served two terms as the Speaker of the House (1989-1992), the first woman to do so. Her final year in the Legislature, Mrs. Hull served as Speaker Pro Tem and as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and the Ethics Committee. The National Republican Legislators Association named Mrs. Hull National Legislator of the Year in 1989. Mrs. Hull was elected Arizona's 16th Secretary of State in 1994 and took office in January 1995, the first Republican to be elected to the office since 1931. She became Arizona's 20th governor September 5, 1997, upon the resignation of J. Fife Symington. She serves on the boards of numerous community, service, and political organizations. She and her husband Terry, a semi-retired obstetrician, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Governor Hull took office in 1997 with a pledge to provide stability, integrity, and trusted leadership to the people of Arizona. Throughout her distinguished and ground-breaking career in public service, she has done just that. As governor, she has made education, children, preserving Arizona's natural beauty, and the economy her top priorities. In her first years in office, she has delivered on every one of these issues, with record investments in our schools, a program to provide health insurance to the children of the working poor, her Growing Smarter plan to address growth across the state, and targeted tax cuts to continue Arizona's record growth. Governor Hull will continue to provide responsible leadership that is working to lead Arizona proudly into the next century.
Web site: www.governor.state.az.us
The Governor is the chief executive officer of the state and is Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the state, except when such forces are called into the service of the United States. The Governor transacts all executive business with the officers of the government, civil and military, and may require information in writing on any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices. The Governor is responsible for seeing that the laws of Arizona are faithfully executed. In addition, the Governor delivers a message to the Legislature, at the beginning of every regular session, on the condition of the state and recommends such matters as the Governor deems expedient. The Governor may convene the Legislature in special session and may grant reprieves, commutations, and pardons after convictions for all offenses except treason and cases of impeachment upon conditions and with restrictions and limitations as provided by law.
Every bill passed by the Legislature, before it becomes a law, is presented to the Governor for approval or disapproval. The veto power of the Governor does not extend to any bill passed by the Legislature and referred to the people for adoption or rejection.
1 Campbell had more votes than Hunt in the 1916 election. However, Hunt pursued things through the courts and originally would not vacate the Governor's Office. When the Arizona Supreme Court announced on Saturday, January 27, 1917, that Campbell was the de facto Governor, Hunt quietly relinquished the office, having his secretary, Leroy Ladd, meet Governor Campbell on Monday, January 29 to have the new Governor sign a receipt for the office and its records, papers, supplies, and "paraphernalia." (Arizona Gazette, January 1917). Further court action returned Hunt to the Governor's Office. Campbell ran for governor again in 1918 and won.
7 As Attorney General, became Governor upon death of Governor Bolin on March 4, 1978, and finished the term. When Castro resigned, Bolin moved to Governor and appointed Rose Mofford Secretary of State. Arizona's laws of succession dictate that officials can "move up" only if they are elected to their office. The next highest elected officeholder was Bruce Babbitt, the Attorney General.
10 Became Acting Governor upon impeachment of Governor Mecham, February 1988. When the Senate voted to convict Mecham, Mrs. Mofford became Governor April 5, 1988, making her the first woman to hold the office of Governor of Arizona. She served until the next Governor was elected in a runoff election following the general election.
11 Became Governor March 6, 1991, following a runoff election with Terry Goddard. In 1988, the people of Arizona had voted in favor of a proposition requiring the winning official to garner more than 50% of the vote. In 1990, because of the number of candidates running for Governor, none garnered 50% of the vote in the general election. A run-off election was held to decide between the two top vote-getters in the general election, Fife Symington and Terry Goddard.
12 Symington was elected to a second term by garnering more than 50% of the vote in the 1994 general election. In the same election, the voters repealed the provision requiring the winning officials to get more than 50% of the vote.
Mary Elizabeth (Betsey) Bayless was appointed Secretary of State on September 9, 1997 by Governor Jane Dee Hull and took the oath of office on September 11, 1997. She was then elected to the position in November 1998 for a four-year term. A third-generation Arizonan, she was born in Phoenix. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where, as a Phi Beta Kappa, she received the Freeman Medal as outstanding graduate in 1966. In 1974, she earned her Master's in Public Administration at Arizona State University.
During 17 years with the State of Arizona, Ms. Bayless served as director of the Arizona Department of Administration, acting director of the Arizona Department of Revenue, and assistant director of the Arizona Board of Regents. In 1987, Ms. Bayless was appointed vice president of Public Finance for Peacock, Hislop, Staley & Given Inc. of Phoenix, investment bankers. She was appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 1989 and was elected for two four-year terms in 1992 and 1996. She served as chairman of the Board in 1992 and 1994 and as vice-chair in 1997. She resigned from the Board before taking the oath of office as Secretary of State.
Community activities include serving on the national board of advisors, University of Arizona College of Business & Public Administration; Advisory Board, ASU West; Board of Directors of the Xavier College Preparatory Foundation; and Board of Directors, Arizona Center for the Book. She is a Commissioner on the Governor's Commission on Violence Against Women and a member of the Arizona Town Hall, Charter 100, Valley Leadership Class VI, Arizona Republican Caucus, and Arizona Women's Forum.
Honors and recognition include the 1995 Xavier College Preparatory Woman of Achievement Award; the Bureau of Reclamation's Citizen Award in January 1993, and the National Association of Counties' 1993 Achievement Award for reviving and successfully implementing the three-party Lake Pleasant Regional Park management agreement; the ASU College of Public Programs; Hall of Fame; the distinguished Achievement Award from the National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship; the Capitol Chapter Business and Professional Women's "Woman of the Year" Award; and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association.
Web site: www.sos.state.az.us
The Department of State is composed of the Office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State, if elected, succeeds to the office of Governor upon the resignation, death, disability, or removal from office of the Governor and serves as Acting Governor when the Governor is out of the state. The Secretary of State attests to the Governor's signature on official documents and affixes the Great Seal of Arizona. The Secretary is the Chief Elections Officer for the state and certifies the names of state candidates and initiative and referendum measures to the ballot, tests the voting equipment in each county before each election, conducts recounts, prepares the official canvass for both the primary and the general elections, and certifies recognition of new political parties.
The Secretary of State also commissions notaries public; registers lobbyists; registers charitable organizations, contracted fund raisers for the charitable organizations, and telemarketers; distributes copies of all new state laws to the public as requested; compiles and publishes the administrative rules of the state's agencies; issues certificates of trademarks and trade names; files all secured financial transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code; files limited partnerships, intergovernmental agreements, notices of appointments of officials and members of boards and commissions made by the Governor, and files contribution and expense reports for all state and federal candidates and political organizations.
The Secretary of State issues numerous publications, including the Arizona Constitution, the Arizona Administrative Register, the Arizona Administrative Code, the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, the Mobile Home Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, the Notary Public Handbook, A.R.S. Title 16 (Elections and Electors), A.R.S. Title 19 (Initiative Referendum and Recall), A.R.S. Title 47 (Uniform Commercial Code), Lobbyist Handbooks, bingo law and rules, the laws concerning trade names and trademarks and limited partnerships, the publicity pamphlet for the general election in each even-numbered year, and many other pamphlets and booklets.
In 1999, Secretary of State Betsey Bayless successfully petitioned the Legislature to fund a permanent Voter Outreach Project and a Director to coordinate voter outreach efforts. The goals of the program are to increase voter registration and voter participation in elections. Through its Advisory Council consisting of minority community leaders, media representatives and business leaders, the project works to complement existing efforts to achieve these goals.
1 Died in office January 29, 1929. Although newspapers at the time did not mention his absence from the swearing-in of officials on January 7, the Arizona Republican and Phoenix Evening Gazette, in the obituaries for Mr. Callaghan, stated that he was stricken on January 5 and taken to the hospital where he stayed. He was consulted while in the hospital but never really got to serve. George W. Nickle was the first person appointed to be Secretary of State on January 29, but he declined the appointment the next day. I.P. "Ike" Frazier was appointed on January 30th and accepted.
7 Appointed October 20, 1977, to fill the unexpired term of Wesley Bolin who moved up to become Governor upon the resignation of Raul Castro. Elected 1978; re-elected 1982 and 1986. Became Governor upon impeachment of Governor Evan Mecham on April 5, 1988.
Attorney General Janet Napolitano was elected in November 1998 and began serving her four-year term in January 1999. During her term, she has concentrated on issues that make meaningful differences in the lives of Arizonans. She established the Child and Family Protection Division to better serve children who fall victim to abuse and neglect. The Elder Affairs Unit has been successful in combating fraud schemes aimed at seniors through litigation and public awareness. The new Computer Crimes Unit has trained law enforcement in the identification and investigation of cybercrimes and has successfully prosecuted some of the first cybercrime cases in Arizona. One of Ms. Napolitano's major achievements was the drafting and passage of the Computer Crimes Act of 2000, which puts Arizona in the forefront of the battle against cybercrime.
Ms. Napolitano brings to the position more than four years' experience as the U.S. Attorney for Arizona. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor from 1993-1997, she oversaw the prosecution of more than 6,000 cases. Before being appointed U.S. Attorney in 1993, Ms. Napolitano was an associate, then later became partner, in the law firm of Lewis and Roca. Early in her career, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mary Schroeder with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Napolitano has chaired numerous professional committees and boards, including the Southwest Border High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Committee, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Victims Rights Subcommittee, and the Civil Rights and Stop Underage Smoking Committees of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). She currently serves on the NAAG Executive Committee. Ms. Napolitano received her undergraduate degree from the University of Santa Clara in California, where she was a Truman Scholar in 1979 and earned her law degree from the University of Virginia as a Dillard Fellow in 1983. She was reared in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and moved to Arizona in 1983.
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The Attorney General is the chief administrator of the Department of Law. The Attorney General and the Assistant Attorneys General serve as legal advisors for the Executive Department and state governmental agencies, boards, departments, and commissions. The Assistant Attorneys General are prohibited from engaging in the private practice of law or in an occupation conflicting with the duties of the office. The prohibition does not apply to special assistants, except that they shall not engage in any private litigation in which the state or an officer thereof in his or her official capacity is a party. The Attorney General shall have been a practicing attorney for five years preceding the date of taking office, shall devote full time to the duties of the office, and shall not directly or indirectly engage in the private practice of law or in an occupation conflicting with such duties.
The Department of Law is divided into six divisions, plus Administration, including: the Administrative Operations Division, Agency Counsel Division, the Child and Family Protection Division, the Civil Division, the Civil Rights and Public Advocacy Division, and the Criminal Division.
In the event that a vacancy occurs in the office of the Governor upon the resignation, death, disability, or removal from office of the Governor, and the Secretary of State currently in office was not elected to that position, the Attorney General assumes the office of Governor.
7 Became Governor upon the death of Governor Wesley Bolin, March 4, 1978, because Secretary of State Rose Mofford was not holding office by election and the Attorney General was the next in the line of succession.
State Treasurer Carol Springer was elected in 1998 and began her first term on January 4, 1999. Born in Buena Vista, Colorado, Treasurer Springer has been an Arizona resident since 1969 and a resident of Prescott since 1975. She is the owner of Springer Realty in Prescott, is an Arizona Real Estate Broker, a graduate of the REALTORS Institute, a Certified Residential Broker, and an Accredited Land Consultant. Treasurer Springer served in the Arizona State Senate from 1991 to 1998 where she chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1993 through 1996. She also served as Chairman of the Rules Committee, Vice Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Finance and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committees. Treasurer Springer also served on the Joint Legislative Committee for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the Joint Legislative Committee on Federal Mandates, the Joint Legislative Adjudication Monitoring Committee, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, the Tobacco Tax and Health Care Fund, the Tobacco Use Prevention Advisory Council, the Private Enterprise Review Board, the Valuation Technical Advisory Committee (property tax), and the American Legislative Exchange Council National Task Force on Civil Justice. Treasurer Springer was a legislative leader identified with numerous moves to cut taxes and implement budget reforms to eliminate "smoke-and-mirrors" budgeting. She is also known for her attempts to reduce debt financing for state buildings and stop pork barrel spending. She was also responsible for assuring full funding of Arizona's Rainy Day Fund which protects taxpayers from future economic downturns. Treasurer Springer has consistently been recognized as a "Friend of the Taxpayer" by the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers' Associations. She was instrumental in setting budget priorities to ensure that substantial tax cuts were included in every budget adopted during her tenure as the Senate Appropriations Chair. This resulted in the enactment of more than $2.5 billion in tax cuts. In 1998, she sponsored a $150 million vehicle license tax cut proposal which ultimately resulted in a substantial rollback of that tax. Treasurer Springer is active in business and civic activities and has served twice as president of the Prescott Board of Realtors, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Historical Society, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Arizona Title/First American Title from 1980 to 1984. She also served as first vice president of the Arizona Farm and Land Institute in 1980. She has five children and three grandchildren. Her interests include travel, western art, reading, and golf.
Web site: www.aztreasury.state.az.us
The State Treasurer is a statewide elected official and constitutional officer. The Treasurer serves as the state's chief financial officer and is charged with prudent management of state money. The Office consists of five divisions including Administrative Services, General Accounting, Information Systems, Investment, and Investment Accounting. Primary responsibilities of the office include the receipt, safekeeping, investment, and disbursement of monies belonging to the state, as well as the safekeeping of investment securities and performance bonds held in trust on behalf of state entities. The State Treasurer is responsible for annual cash receipts of approximately $19.6 billion and an investment portfolio of more than $7.0 billion.
The Treasurer is elected to serve a four-year term and is third in line of succession to the Governor. The Treasurer is a statutory member of the Board of Investment, serves as the State Surveyor General, and sits as a member of the State Land Selection Board. According to the Arizona Constitution, Article V, Section 10, the State Treasurer cannot serve more than two consecutive elected terms.
At the request of the Legislature, the State Treasurer gives a written report on the condition of the State Treasury and on any other subject relating to the duties of the office. The State Treasurer delivers to the Governor and the Department of Administration on a monthly basis an accurate statement of receipts and expenditures of public monies for the preceding month. On or before November 1 of each year, the Treasurer delivers to the Governor a similar statement covering the preceding fiscal year.
Interest earnings have continued to show substantial growth during the year. Interest earnings exceeded $300 million in FY 1996-1997; $350 million in FY 1997-1998; $375 million in FY 1998-1999; and are projected to be in excess of $400 million for FY 1999-2000.
The 12-month rolling average monthly yield for the Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) and the LGIP Government Pool (LGIP-GOV), for the year ending June 30, 1999, exceeded the Standard and Poor Average for comparable government investment pools by 40 and 30 basis points respectively (.40% and .30%). In recent years these pools have consistently exceeded Standard and Poor's averages by comparable amounts.
Passage of Proposition 102 in the 1998 general election granted the authority to the State Treasurer to invest the state's Endowment funds in equity securities. Endowment funds, which include the Permanent Common School Fund, have assets in excess of $930 million. Investment in equities will greatly enhance the earning potential of these state assets over the long term. This will have a positive impact on the funding available to school districts and the other beneficiaries of these trust monies.
Each year the State Treasurer publishes an annual report, designed to provide the public with general information regarding operations and a more in-depth picture of the many activities conducted by the Office of the State Treasurer. Copies of this report are free and are available upon request.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan was elected in 1994 after two terms as a state representative. She was re-elected in 1998. Superintendent Keegan received her B.S. in Linguistics from Stanford University and her M.S. in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 and re-elected in 1992. She was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1994. Before her election to the House, Mrs. Keegan served as a speech pathologist for the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Phoenix General Hospital. She also served as a project assistant for U.S. West/Arizona State University Speech and Hearing Outreach Program. She has served as a director and president of the YWCA of Maricopa County and the Stanford Club of Phoenix. She has been a member of the Arizona Town Hall and the Junior League of Phoenix Advisory Board and the Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Board. As a legislator, Mrs. Keegan served as chair of the House Education Committee and the Appropriations Committee's Education Subcommittee, sponsored education reform and tort reform legislation, and was a member of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Judiciary Committee. As state Superintendent of Public Instruction, she oversees an annual budget of $1.6 billion and is the chief executive officer of the State Board of Education. She also serves as a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges, the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, and the State Board for Charter Schools.
Web site: www.ade.state.az.us
The Department of Education operates under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide services to more than 1,300 public traditional and charter schools and 228 school districts. It administers the policies for the State Board of Education, the State Board of Vocational and Technological Education, and the State Board for Charter Schools. The Superintendent is a member of each Board. The Superintendent is also, by law, a member of the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges and the Board of Regents, where postsecondary education policies are formulated. The Department of Education provides the administration and allocation of federal and state funds, teacher certification and testing, and technical assistance and monitoring for schools and districts. The mission of the Department is to ensure academic excellence, accurate, and timely information, and effective use of resources so that learning instills in the people of Arizona the desire and ability to excel in the workplace and contribute to the community.
To provide additional academic choices for parents and students, the Legislature authorized a new type of public school in 1994: the charter school. As of the 1997-1998 school year, there were 161 public charter schools chartered by the State Board of Education, the State Board for Charter Schools, or by local school districts, operating on 239 sites. More than 25,000 students attended charter schools during the 1997-1998 school year, and the enrollment was expected to increase to 35,000 students for the 1998-1999 school year.
Charter schools are located throughout Arizona, from the metropolitan areas to small, rural communities. They provide another choice in the state's system of public schools by meeting the needs of diverse student populations. Some charter schools cater to the "at-risk" student while others offer specialized curricula such as arts-based, multi-age groupings, Montessori methodology, or innovative school-to-work opportunities.
More and more, people are turning to the Internet to learn about Arizona schools since School Report Cards made their debut in April 1996. More than 10,000 people a week visit the Report Card site to learn about a school's instructional philosophy and goals, hours of instruction, programs, and test scores. The report cards, which are also mailed to schools to be distributed to parents, are a result of a law passed by the Legislature in 1994. The purpose was to give Arizonans access to information about all public schools. The Internet address is http://www.ade.state.az.us/reportcards/
The State Board of Education has approved standards in mathematics, language arts, science, workplace skills, technology, foreign language, comprehensive health, and the arts. Social studies are pending. The academic standards are a result of months of research and writing by design teams made up of educators, business people, community members, parents, and students. The Arizona Academic Standards state what each child should know and be able to do at certain grade levels and guide teachers and curriculum directors as they create classroom material for their school or district, as well as allow parents to track their child's progress. The standards may be accessed at http://www.ade.state.az.us/standards/
The Department recently developed criterion-referenced tests that will measure student performance on the reading, writing, and mathematics standards. The Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) are administered to students in grades 3, 5, 8, and high school. Pursuant to A.R.S. � 15-701(A)(3), public high school students will be required to demonstrate proficiency on the AIMS tests in order to receive a high school diploma, beginning with the graduating class of 2001.
State Mine Inspector Martin was elected in 1988 as the 12th Arizona State Mine Inspector. He is currently the only elected Mine Inspector in the United States. He is a third-generation Arizonan. Mr. Martin received his B.A. in Education from Arizona State University and has done graduate work at the University of Arizona, the University of California at Los Angeles, and San Diego State University. He is a Certified Mine-Safety Professional. Mr. Martin's engineering career began at Glen Canyon Dam where he served as a junior engineer and safety trainer. During the Vietnam War, he was an instructor at Beal Air Force Strategic Air Command Base. He also was Project Engineer for the Metrocenter Shopping Mall in Phoenix and supervised construction at both Luke and Williams Air Force Bases. Mr. Martin established his own mining engineering firm in 1972 and, since that time, has explored, developed, and placed into production many mines throughout the Southwest. This time has resulted in a solid relationship with miners, engineers, geologists, and mine owners alike. He is currently active in the following: the National Safety Council; the International Mine Safety Professionals; the Arizona Grants Advisory Council; the Mine Inspectors of America; the Arizona Rock Products Association; the Arizona Mine Emergency Association; the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs; the National Association of State Mine Inspectors; the Holmes Safety Association; the Arizona-Mexico Commission; the Western Government Association; the Arizona Hazardous Material Board; the American Institute of Mine Engineers; the Association of General Contractors; and the World Affairs Council.
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The Office of the State Mine Inspector was created in response to the terrible loss of life in the mines of territorial Arizona--at least one miner per week was killed and many more were injured or maimed. The State Mine Inspector has played a significant role in converting the mining industry from among the most hazardous places of employment to one of the safest. In 1994 the Industrial Commission of Arizona deemed mining to be the safest job classification in the state!
The State Mine Inspector's mission is to enforce the Arizona Mining Code for the health and safety of the workers and the public in active, inactive, and abandoned mining operations. To carry out that mission, the Office has following divisions or programs:
The Inspection & Enforcement Division inspects all mining operations: open pit; underground; quarries; sand and gravel pits and plants; mills; concentrators; smelters; cement, gypsum, and lime plants; copper rod plants; electro-refineries; extraction-electrowinning operations; leaching operations; concrete batch plants; asphalt hot-mix plants; elevators; and cranes for compliance with the health and safety standards of the Arizona Mining Code. The Division regularly inspects all Arizona mines active during the year.
The Abandoned & Inactive Mine Division surveys abandoned mines throughout the state. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service fund this program. In the last five years, nearly 8,000 mine openings have been cataloged and safety and environmental hazards assessed. Assistance is given to the National Park Service with closures of abandoned mines on national parks and monuments in Arizona. Through agreements with other agencies, the Division contracts with local companies to make old mine workings safe to the public. In 1996, a tour of the Park Service sites in southern Arizona discovered a bat habitat in a mine along the Fort Bowie National Historical Site boundary on BLM lands. The colony of Townsend's big-eared bats found was a maternity roost of Myotis velifer, the only one known in southern Arizona. The BLM and the National Park Service reached an agreement to construct a bat gate to protect the colony and safeguard the public. Gate construction began in April 1997 before the maternity season and ended in October 1997.
The Education and Training Division focuses on health and safety training, which they conduct at mine sites and in selected cities. The Division also maintains a video lending library to enhance mine safety training. The U.S. Department of Labor funds this program via a grant with mandates established by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The Division organizes several specialized conferences and seminars each year addressing mining industry concerns.
The Mined Land Reclamation Division, created in 1996, is responsible for the approval or denial of mined land reclamation plans submitted by all metalliferous mining units and exploration operations with surface disturbances greater than five acres on private land. A panel reviews, performs analyses (including the estimated cost), and makes recommendations to the State Mine Inspector on the proposed plans. Other Division responsibilities include developing memoranda of understanding with other land management agencies; coordinating review and approval of reclamation plans with Aquifer Protection Permits and other permits related to mining or exploration projects with agencies that manage public lands; conducting on-site visits for the development and submission of proposed mined land reclamation plans; and overseeing reclamation inspections to determine compliance with state statute and rules. Deputy inspectors enforce the program.
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The Corporation Commission was established in 1912 by the Arizona Constitution, Article XV. The mission of this agency is to exercise exclusive state regulatory authority over public service corporations (public utilities) in the public interest; to grant corporate status and to maintain public records; to ensure the integrity of the securities marketplace; and to foster the safe operation of railroads and gas pipelines in Arizona.
The Commission is currently served by three elected officials, who serve one term of six years. In the event of a vacancy, the Governor appoints a person to serve until the next regularly scheduled statewide election is held.
The Commission is required by the Arizona Constitution to make sure that utility rates are fair, balancing the interests of the customers with good service and reasonable costs with the interests of the utilities in obtaining a fair return on their investment.
Additionally the Commission is required to register corporations doing business in Arizona, ensuring that these corporations, nonprofit corporations, and limited liability companies maintain accurate filings with the state, in accordance with current rules and laws.
Utility regulation is one of the most visible activities of the Commission, regulating over 500 privately owned gas, water, electric, telephone, sewer, and irrigation companies in Arizona. Municipalities that own utilities, such as water service, set their own rates. The Commission does not set rates for cable television or for the Salt River Project.
The Securities Division works to ensure the integrity of the securities marketplace in Arizona through investigative actions as well as registration and/or oversight of securities, securities dealers and brokers, investment advisers, and their representatives.
Funding for the Commission is obtained from multiple sources such as a small fee on utility bills, federal grants, and the State Legislature. Historically, the Commission has generated significantly more revenue from securities and broker registrations, corporate filing fees, fines, and miscellaneous charges that its General Fund (annual budget) requirements.
Commissioner Irvin received his B.S. in Education from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to joining the Commission in January 1997, Jim spent over 20 years in the private sector serving as a CEO of a company with over 1,000 employees. Jim currently serves on the NARUC Committees on Electricity and International Relations, as well as the Advisory Council for the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico University. Additionally, Jim serves as the Vice President for the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. He is an active member of the Board for the Scottsdale Education Foundation. Commissioner Irvin's term runs through January 2003. Jim is married and has three children.
Commissioner Mundell was born Oct. 6, 1952, in Anchorage, AK. He has been an Arizona resident for 32 years. Mr. Mundell received a B.A. degree from Arizona State Univ. and a J.D. degree from St. Mary's Univ. of San Antonio College of Law in San Antonio, TX. He served in the AZ House of Representatives from 1987-1993. During his tenure there, Mr. Mundell was voted "One of Arizona's Top Ten Legislators." He has served as a Judge Pro Tem on the Maricopa County Superior Court and Chandler Municipal Court. He ran for the U.S. Congress in 1992. He has also been involved with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the East Valley Partnership, the Board of Directors at Chandler Regional Hospital, the Lions Club, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Chandler Fraternal Order of Police Associates. Governor Hull appointed Mr. Mundell on June 21, 1999. He was elected in 2000 and his term expires January 3, 2005. Commissioner Mundell and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Meghan and Samantha.
Commissioner Kunasek has been an Arizona resident since 1961. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy in 1955 from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, and is a licensed pharmacist in both Nebraska and Arizona. He served with the U.S. Air Force 1955-1958. He was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1972 and was re-elected in 1974, 1976, 1978, and 1980. Mr. Kunasek owned three pharmacies in Mesa, 1966-1983. He then served in the Arizona State Senate from 1983-1989 and was Senate President 1987-1989. President George Bush appointed Mr. Kunasek, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him, to be Commissioner of the Navajo and Hopi Relocation Commission from 1990-1994. He was elected to the Corporation Commission in 1994. His term expires January 1, 2001. He has been active in community service. Commissioner Kunasek is married and has four children and five grandchildren.
Commissioner Spitzer was born September 12, 1957, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been an Arizona resident for more than 18 years and resides in Phoenix. He graduated second in his class from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School. He was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1982. Spitzer is a certified specialist in tax law. He was elected to the Senate in 1992 and was re-elected in 1994, 1996, and 1998. Commissioner Spitzer was elected in 2000 with his term expiring January 1, 2007. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have one child. He has received numerous awards and is very active in his community.
The following lists contain the names of statewide elected officers since statehood for offices which no longer exist. For those offices still in existence, please refer to the office in the Executive Branch portion of this book.
The State Tax Commission was created by the Legislature in 1912 and consisted of three members. One member was elected every two years at the general election for a term of six years beginning January 1 following the election. Commissioners were required to possess knowledge and experience in the subject of taxation and be residents of the state for not less than five years before their election or appointment. The names of all candidates for the office of State Tax Commissioner were placed on the nonpartisan section of the ballot. The member having the shortest time to serve, and not holding office by appointment or by election to fill a vacancy, was chairman.
The State Tax Commission was abolished from and after December 31, 1978, by Laws 1979, Ch. 199. Its duties were transferred to the Department of Revenue and the State Board of Tax Appeals. These agencies have also assumed the functions formerly exercised by the State Board of Property Tax Appeals and the Estate Tax Commissioner.
The office of the State Auditor was created by the first Constitution of Arizona and was included in the Executive Department. The term of office was two years. The State Auditor was required to be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States for ten years next preceding the election, and a resident of Arizona for the next preceding five years.
The State Auditor was the general accountant of the state and keeper of all public account books, vouchers, documents, and papers relating to accounts and contracts of the state and to its revenue, debts, and fiscal affairs not required by law to be placed in some other office or kept by some other person. The office of State Auditor was abolished by a vote of the people on Proposition 108 in 1968. This constitutional amendment transferred the bookkeeping duties of the State Auditor to the executive branch of state government under control of the Governor.