2015-2016 What's New, Who Must File, Where, How and When to File, and Introduction for the 2015-2016 FORM 700, Statement of Economic Interests, a public document
Also available on the FPPC website: Form 700 in Excel format, Form 700 Reference Pamphlet
Fair Political Practices Commission
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California Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 620 - Sacramento, CA 95814
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Toll-Free Advice Line: 1 (866) ASK-FPPC, 1(866) 275-3772
Telephone: (916) 322-5660
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Gifts of Travel
Effective January 1, 2016, if an individual receives a travel payment that is a reportable gift, he or she must disclose the travel destination. (See the Schedule E instructions for information about other details that must be disclosed.) This applies to travel taken on or after January 1, 2016. An individual who is filing a 2015 annual statement is not required to disclose the travel destinaiton, but may do so.
Who must file:
- Elected and appointed officials and candidates listed in Government Code Section 87200
- Employees, appointed officials, and consultants filing pursuant to a conflict of interest code ("code filers"). Obtain your disclosure categories, which describe the interests you must report, from your agency; they are not part of the Form 700
- Candidates running for local elective offices that are designated in a conflict of interest code (e.g., county sheriffs, city clerks, school board trustees, and water board members)
- Members of newly created boards and commissions not yet covered under a conflict of interest code
- Employees in newly created positions of existing agencies
See Reference Pamphlet, page 3, at www.fppc.ca.gov or obtain from your filing officer.
Where to file:
- State offices - Your agency
- Judicial offices - The clerk of your court
- Retired Judges - Directly with FPPC
- County offices - Your county filing official
- City offices - Your city clerk
- Multi-County offices - Your agency
Code Filers - State and Local Officials, Employees, and Consultants Designated in a Conflict of Interest Code:
File with your agency, board, or commission unless otherwise specified in your agency’s conflict of interest code (e.g., Legislative staff files directly with FPPC). In most cases, the agency, board, or commission will retain the statements.
Members of Boards and Commissions of Newly Created Agencies:
File with your newly created agency or with your agency’s code reviewing body.
Employees in Newly Created Positions of Existing Agencies:
File with your agency or with your agency’s code reviewing body. See Reference Pamphlet, page 3.
File with your local elections office.
How to file:
The Form 700 is available at www.fppc.ca.gov. Form 700 schedules are also available in Excel format. All statements must have an original "wet" signature or be duly authorized by your filing officer to file electronically under Government Code Section 87500.2. Instructions, examples, FAQs, and a reference pamphlet are available to help answer your questions.
When to file:
March 1, 2016
- Elected State Officers
- Judges and Court Commissioners
- State Board and Commission Members listed in Government Code Section 87200
April 1, 2016
- Most other filers
Individuals filing under conflict of interest codes in city and county jurisdictions should verify the annual filing date with their local filing officers.
Statements postmarked by the filing deadline are considered filed on time.
Assuming Office and Leaving Office Statements
Most filers file within 30 days of assuming or leaving office or within 30 days of the effective date of a newly adopted or amended conflict of interest code.
If you assumed office between October 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015, and filed an assuming office statement, you are not required to file an annual statement until March 1, 2017, or April 1, 2017, whichever is applicable. The annual statement will cover the day after you assumed office through December 31, 2016. See Reference Pamphlet, pages 6 and 7, for additional exceptions.
File no later than the final filing date for the declaration of candidacy or nomination documents.
Statements may be amended at any time. You are only required to amend the schedule that needs to be revised. It is not necessary to amend the entire filed form. Obtain amendment schedules at www.fppc.ca.gov.
There is no provision for filing deadline extensions unless the filer is serving in active military duty. (Regulation 18723)
Statements of 30 pages or less may be faxed by the deadline as long as the originally signed paper version is sent by first class mail to the filing official within 24 hours.
The Political Reform Act (Gov. Code Sections 81000-91014) requires most state and local government officials and employees to publicly disclose their personal assets and income. They also must disqualify themselves from participating in decisions that may affect their personal economic interests. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the state agency responsible for issuing the attached Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700, and for interpreting the law’s provisions.
Gifts received by most state and local officials, employees, and candidates are subject to a limit. During 2013 and 2014, the gift limit was $440 from a single source per calendar year. For years 2015-2016, the limit increased to $460 from a single source during a calendar year.
In addition, state officials, state candidates, and certain state employees are subject to a $10 limit per calendar month on gifts from lobbyists and lobbying firms registered with the Secretary of State. See Reference Pamphlet, page 10.
State and local officials and employees should check with their agency to determine if other restrictions apply.
Public officials are, under certain circumstances, required to disqualify themselves from making, participating in, or attempting to influence governmental decisions that will affect their economic interests. This may include interests they are not required to disclose (i.e., a personal residence is often not reportable, but may be disqualifying). Specific disqualification requirements apply to 87200 filers (e.g., city councilmembers, members of boards of supervisors, planning commissioners, etc.). These officials must publicly identify the economic interest that creates a conflict of interest and leave the room before a discussion or vote takes place at a public meeting. For more information, consult Government Code Section 87105, Regulation 18707, and the Guide to Recognizing Conflicts of Interest at www.fppc.ca.gov.
Most state and local officials, employees, and candidates are prohibited from accepting an honorarium for any speech given, article published, or attendance at a conference, convention, meeting, or like gathering. See Reference Pamphlet, page 10.
Certain state and local officials are subject to restrictions on loans. See Reference Pamphlet, page 14.
There are restrictions on representing clients or employers before former agencies. The provisions apply to elected state officials, most state employees, local elected officials, county chief administrative officers, city managers, including the chief administrator of a city, and general managers or chief administrators of local special districts and JPAs. The FPPC website has fact sheets explaining the provisions.
The filing officer who retains originally-signed or electronically filed statements of economic interests may impose on an individual a fine for any statement that is filed late. The fine is $10 per day up to a maximum of $100. Late filing penalties may be reduced or waived under certain circumstances.
Persons who fail to timely file their Form 700 may be referred to the FPPC’s Enforcement Division (and, in some cases, to the Attorney General or district attorney) for investigation and possible prosecution. In addition to the late filing penalties, a fine of up to $5,000 per violation may be imposed.
For assistance concerning reporting, prohibitions, and restrictions under the Act:
- Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call the FPPC toll-free at (866) 275-3772.
Form 700 is a Public Document Public Access Must Be Provided
Statements of Economic Interests are public documents. The filing officer must permit any member of the public to inspect and receive a copy of any statement.
- Statements must be available as soon as possible during the agency's regular business hours, but in any event not later than the second business day after the statement is received. Access to the Form 700 is not subject to the Public Records Act procedures.
- No conditions may be placed on persons seeking access to the forms.
- No information or identification may be required from persons seeking access.
- Reproduction fees of no more than 10 cents per page may be charged.
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