Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Notice of Proposed Regulation for Behested Payment Reporting by Members of City Boards and Commissions

January 9, 2018

At its next regular meeting on Friday, January 19, 2018, the San Francisco Ethics Commission will consider and possibly act on a proposed regulation to clarify the method for filing new “behested payment” disclosure reports required of members of City boards and commissions. The disclosure requirement became operational January 1, 2018 and applies when these officials have solicited or otherwise requested that a party to a proceeding before them give a charitable contribution to a third party. The proposed regulation would require that the report be filed in a format developed by the Ethics Commission to promote accurate and timely reporting and ensure that filings are readily available for public review.

Ethics Commission Staff have proposed the new regulation to promote compliance with the behested payment reporting required under Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.600 et seq. This 10-day notice is provided under Charter Sec. 4.104 to encourage public comment on the proposals in advance of the Commission’s next meeting.

The behested payment reporting provision for San Francisco board and commission members was enacted by the Board of Supervisors in early 2017 as Ordinance 001-17. It requires members of City boards and commissions who are required to file public Statements of Economic Interest, as detailed in Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 3.1-103(a)(1), to file a public report when they solicit charitable contributions under specific circumstances detailed in the law.

The Commission invites all input on the proposed regulation. Because the Commission’s offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday on Monday, January 15, 2018, Staff encourages the submission of written public comment by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, to ensure it can be included in the Commission’s packet of meeting materials for its January 19th 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 ethics.commission@sfgov.org, or via regular mail to San Francisco Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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