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FPPC Weighs in on Recreational Marijuana Ethics Issues

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Local officials handling recreational marijuana issues will find guidance in two advice letters issued by the Fair Political Practices Commission in the wake of last month’s passage of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of...more

California's Campaign Finance Agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, Announces 2017/2018 Gift and Contribution Limits

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The California Fair Political Practices Commission, charged with implementing the state’s campaign finance law, recently announced new gift and contribution limits for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. The agency is required to adjust...more

Spotlight on Lobbyist Employers: New California Reporting Requirements Begin October 2016

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Continuing its efforts to increase transparency in the political process in California, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) adopted a new regulation in early 2016 that is aimed at shedding light on “shadow...more

The Ethics Advisor: The Details Matter — Recusing Yourself Due to Conflict of Interest

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Once, when I had put a lot of time and attention into arranging the particulars of social engagement, an old acquaintance called me a “detallista.” At the time, I think she may have meant it more as a slight than a...more

FPPC Initiates its Political Reform Act Revision Project

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The Fair Political Practices Commission, charged with the implementation, interpretation and frontline enforcement of the Political Reform Act, launched its Political Reform Act Revision Project. The Commission is partnering...more

The Ethics Advisor: Vamos a la Playa!

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Fifth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter - Summer’s approach often brings thoughts of travel. Whether with family or friends, by train, bus, car or plane,...more

FPPC Amends Regulations for Conflict of Interest Codes

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Political Reform Act requires all government agencies to adopt and circulate a Conflict of Interest Code showing which positions in the agency involve participation in governmental decision-making. It also must identify...more

California Major Donor Notification & Multilayer Reporting Obligations Apply to Federal and State PACs

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Political committees organized outside California (federal PACs and PACs formed in other states) may have to disclose their own donors to the State of California even though they have not made a direct contribution in...more

The Ethics Advisor: The California Public Official’s Quick and Clean Guide to Gift Rules and Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As a public official in California, whether elected or appointed, volunteer or employee, you need to be aware of the rules regarding your receipt and reporting of gifts, as well as the traps for the unwary that can lead to...more

FPPC Has Record Year for Enforcement Actions

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Is compliance with state ethics laws, the Political Reform Act and Government Code section 1090, declining? Or, is the FPPC getting better at ferreting out violations and violators? These questions arise in the wake of the...more

FPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures

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"Pro-Active" Approach Already Resulted in Fines for Public Officials - The Fair Political Practices Commission has initiated a proactive approach to auditing and investigating gift reporting failures by government...more

Getting Schooled by the FPPC - AB 1234 Ethics Training Can Safeguard School Officials from FPPC Reporting Violations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Fair Political Practices Commission has initiated a proactive approach to auditing and investigating reporting violations, some focused on school district officials. Rather than waiting for a violation to be brought to...more

FPPC Revises Regulations Regarding Conflicts of Interest Involving Real Property

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Fair Political Practices Commission recently changed its conflict of interest regulation concerning real property owned or leased by public officials. The old rule was that if an official owned (or had a long-term lease...more

FPPC To Consider Expanding Grounds for Not Listing Source of Income on SEI 700 Form

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

On May 15, the FPPC will consider expanding the available grounds for withholding the name of a source of income on Form 700. Currently, when disclosure of a source of income would violate a statutory privilege under the...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – February 24, 2014

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Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – February 10, 2014

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Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

What's New for 2014 – FPPC Revises Treatment of Travel Payments to Public Agencies

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A payment for a public official's travel will generally be a gift to the official under the Political Reform Act ("PRA"), subject to the annual $440 gift limit1, and reportable on the official's Statement of Economic...more

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