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Court of Appeals Reinstates ACC's approval of trash burning plant as "renewable resource"

In a disappointing decision published on July 23, 2015, the Arizona Court of Appeals reversed the superior court's decision that had struck down the Arizona Corporation Commission's decision to approve a trash burning facility as a renewable energy source as arbitrary and capricious.  Even though the Commission's decision was not supported by a single expert--including the Commission's own expert!--the Court of Appeals held that the lower court should have affirmed it because of the deferential standard applicable to Commission decisions.  The Center will likely petition the Supreme Court for review.  


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission

On June 29, the last day of the session, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, and held that the Commission created by Arizona voters was constitutional. 

The decision was a major victory for Arizona voters who authored and enacted the initiative that created the Commission.  The Center, along with other law firms, had filed an Amicus Brief in support of the Commission.  In that Brief, amici argued that under Arizona’s constitution, the legislative power is shared by the people and legislature, and that the people have exercised their legislative power throughout the history of the state to regulate elections.  


Anne Ronan Selected to Receive ASU's 2015 Behavioral Health Advocacy Award

On May 21, 2015, Arizona State University's Center for Applied Behavioral Health notified Center Staff Attorney Anne Ronan that she has been selected to receive their 2015 Behavioral Health Advocacy Award.  Anne will be presented with the award at the 11th Annual Arizona Behavioral Health Awards Gala on Thursday, July 16 at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa in Sedona, Arizona.  Anne is being recognized for her years of service advocating for the rights of people impacted by disabilities in general, and behavioral health conditions in particular, as well as her lifelong dedication to a life of service.  Join us in congratulating Anne for this well-deserved honor!