Late Filing and Enforcement

Failure to File by Deadline

Per San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, Section 3.1-102.5, any officer or employee of the City and County of San Francisco who fails to file any statement required by Sections 3.1-101 and 3.1-102 of this Chapter within 30 days after receiving notice from the Ethics Commission of a failure to file may be subject to disciplinary action by his or her appointing authority, including removal from office or termination of employment.

Late Filing

California Government Code Section 91013 imposes a fee of $10 per day, up to a maximum of $100 per position, for the late filing of a Form 700. Persons who fail to timely file their Form 700 may also be referred to the Ethics Commission ‘s Enforcement Division, which may impose a penalty of up to $5,000 per violation.

Additionally, members of Boards and Commissions who have failed to file their required Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests or Ethics & Sunshine Training Declaration by the applicable filing deadline are disqualified from all participation in and voting on matters listed on the meeting agenda of their board or commission until they have met their filing requirements. (SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 3.1‐102.5(c).)

Enforcement

The Ethics Commission and the Fair Political Practices Commission may take steps to initiate an enforcement action against a filer who is more than 30 days late in filing Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700). Under state law, failure to file a Form 700 can subject the filer to a fine of up to $5,000 per violation. In addition, willful failure to file may be a misdemeanor and non-filers may also be subject disciplinary action.

The Ethics Commission may also conduct random audits of filings.

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