At its regular meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017, the San Francisco Ethics Commission adopted regulations to change to the process that governs the deadlines by which City officials must complete their required Ethics and Sunshine training. The changes were recommended by Commission Staff to promote compliance with City’s Sunshine and Ethics training requirements.
Currently, certain City officials and employees designated in the law must complete training related to the duties of holding public office. The proposed change will require these officials to certify completion of their Ethics and Sunshine Ordinance training on the same schedule that applies for the filing of their required Statements of Economic Interests (Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700). By synchronizing these deadlines, the proposed regulation will help officials more easily monitor and timely complete their training requirement by tying those training requirements to another widely recognized filing obligation they have under the law. The proposal does not change the scope or substance of the training requirement or the officials to whom it applies.
The Commission has transmitted the proposed regulations to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for their review. Per Charter Section 15.102, regulations adopted by the Ethics Commission “shall become effective 60 days after the date of adoption unless before the expiration of this 60-day period, two-thirds of all members of the Board of Supervisors vote to veto the rule or regulation.”
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