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Notice of Proposed Regulation Concerning Opinions and Advice


At its next regular meeting on Friday, October 19, 2018, the San Francisco Ethics Commission will consider and possibly act on a set of proposed regulations to clarify the process for requesting opinions and advice from the Commission and Staff and the process that the Commission and Staff will undertake in response to such requests.

Under Section C3.699-12 of the City Charter, any person may request an opinion from the Commission or informal advice from Staff with respect to that person’s duties under provisions of the City Charter or any ordinance relating to campaign finance, conflicts of interest, lobbying or governmental ethics. Ethics Commission Staff have proposed regulations to standardize processes that will help to clarify, streamline, and make more transparent the processes for requesting and issuing opinions and advice.

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 Commission invites all input on the proposed regulations. Written public comment received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018, will be included in the Commission’s packet of meeting materials for its October 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, or via regular mail to San Francisco Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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