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Center Involved in Major Victory for Renewable Energy

April 7: In a major victory for renewable energy, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled today that the Arizona Corporation Commission ("ACC") acted well within its authority when it created a renewable energy standard for the state and permitted utility companies to set tariffs to fund solar energy systems. The Center, a long-time champion of renewable energy standards, helped usher in the ACC's standard and defended it in court through an amicus brief. 

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High Court Upholds State Tax Dollars to Religious Schools

April 4: The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that Arizona taxpayers can't challenge a state law that provides tax dollars to private schools, including religious schools, in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. This means that public money will continue t to fund private and sectarian institutions in Arizona.

AZ's Campaign Finance Law Argued in U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday, March 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of Arizona's Clean Elections law. The law, which was passed by voters in 1998, is being challenged by Republican candidates and elected officials who apparently benefitted from the rampant corruption that plagued Arizona politics prior to Clean Elections. The law is being defended by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, which was represented by attorney Bradley Phillips in the Supreme Court. The Center has been co-counsel on this very important case.

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