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1998 Local Government Ethics Ordinances in California

1998 Local Government Ethics Ordinances in California

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A primer on local government ethics laws that existed in California when published in March of 1998. Written by Charlene Wear Simmons Ph.D., Helen Roland, and Jennifer Kelly-DeWitt for the California Research Bureau, California State Library.

A primer on local government ethics laws that existed in California when published in March of 1998. Written by Charlene Wear Simmons Ph.D., Helen Roland, and Jennifer Kelly-DeWitt for the California Research Bureau, California State Library.

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March 1998
California Research Bureau900 N Street, Suite 300California State LibrarySacramento, CA 95814CRB-98-002(916) 653-7843
CRB
 
California Research Bureau, California State Library
L
OCAL
G
OVERNMENT
E
THICS
O
RDINANCES
 
IN
C
ALIFORNIA
By
Charlene Wear Simmons, Ph.D.Helen RolandJennifer Kelly-DeWitt
 
CRB
 
California Research Bureau, California State Library
L
OCAL
G
OVERNMENT
E
THICS
O
RDINANCES
 
IN
C
ALIFORNIA
By
Charlene Wear Simmons, Ph.D.Helen RolandJennifer Kelley-DeWitt
 
C
ONTENTS
DIGEST..................................................................................................................................................1A BRIEF BACKGROUND DISCUSSION............................................................................................3
E
LEMENTS OF A
G
OVERNMENTAL
E
THICS
I
NFRASTRUCTURE
...................................................................4
Statements of Ethical Principles......................................................................................................5Common Provisions of Ethics Codes...............................................................................................5 Education and Enforcement............................................................................................................Campaign Finance Reform.............................................................................................................
CALIFORNIA STATE ETHICS LAWS...............................................................................................9
T
HE
P
OLITICAL
R
EFORM
A
CT OF
1974...................................................................................................9P
ROPOSITION
112...............................................................................................................................11
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ETHICS....................................................................................................13
A B
RIEF
H
ISTORY
...............................................................................................................................13C
ALIFORNIA
R
ESEARCH
B
UREAU
S
URVEY OF
L
OCAL
E
THICS
O
RDINANCES
............................................14C
ITY AND
C
OUNTY
E
THICS
O
RDINANCES
—R
ESPONSES TO
S
URVEY
Q
UESTIONS
....................................16
 Has the Agency Adopted An Ethics Ordinance or Regulation Which Differs From the Fair Political Practices Commission’s Model Conflict of Interest Code and Regulation?..................16  Has the Agency Adopted a Statement of Ethical Principles?.........................................................22 A Comprehensive Local Ethics Package—The City of Los Angeles...............................................23Other Comprehensive City and County Ordinances......................................................................26  Local Conflict of Interest Requirements........................................................................................26  Restrictions on Secondary Employment.........................................................................................28  Limitations on Gifts......................................................................................................................28 Post-employment Restrictions.......................................................................................................30 Lobbyist Regulation......................................................................................................................31 Ethics Boards and Enforcement Mechanisms................................................................................33 Ethics Education and Training......................................................................................................35Which Officials are Covered?.......................................................................................................36 
S
PECIAL
D
ISTRICTS
.............................................................................................................................37
The Metropolitan Transit Authority...............................................................................................39
IMPLICATIONS AND OPTIONS......................................................................................................43
M
ODEL
C
ODE
.....................................................................................................................................43C
ENTRALIZED
C
OLLECTION OF
L
OCAL
O
RDINANCES AND
C
ODES
..........................................................43R
EVIEW OF
L
OCAL
O
RDINANCES AND
C
ODES
.......................................................................................44S
PECIAL
D
ISTRICTS
.............................................................................................................................45
BIBLIOGRAPHY................................................................................................................................47APPENDIX A: CRB LOCAL GOVERNMENT ETHICS SURVEY................................................49APPENDIX B: SURVEY SUMMARIES OF COUNTIES, CITIES AND SPECIAL DISTRICTSWITH EXTENDED ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS.................................55APPENDIX C: SURVEY RESPONSE OF COUNTIES AND CITIES BY POPULATION............63ENDNOTES.........................................................................................................................................67

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