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Notice of Proposed Amendment to Sunshine and Ethics Training Regulations

Sunshine and Ethics Training Proposed Regulation

At its next regular meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017, the San Francisco Ethics Commission will consider a change to the process that governs the deadlines by which City officials must complete their required Ethics and Sunshine training. The changes are recommended by Commission Staff to promote compliance with City’s Sunshine and Ethics training requirements. This 10-day notice is provided under Charter Sec. 4.104 to encourage public comment on the proposals in time for the Commission’s next meeting.

Currently, certain City officials and employees designated in the law must complete trainings related to the duties of holding public office. The proposed change would 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 seeks to 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 invites all input on the proposed regulation. Written public comment received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will be included in the Commission’s packet of meeting materials for its October 23rd meeting. Opportunity for public comment will also be provided during the Commission’s meeting.

Staff welcomes written comments on the proposed changes, which can be sent via email to, or via regular mail to San Francisco Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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