Where to Find Copies of Form 700 Filed by Public Officials
Statements of economic interests (Form 700) filed by state and local public officials are public records. The agencies that retain filed statements must make them available for public inspection or reproduction during regular business hours no later than the second business day after they are received. No conditions can be imposed on individuals who wish to review copies of statements and no identification can be required. Copies must be provided for no more than 10 cents per page (plus a $5 retrieval fee if the statements are five or more years old). (See Government code Section 81008.)
Most public officials and employees file their completed statements of economic interests with their agency. Original statements filed by state elected officials and most local elected officials, candidates, judges, and high ranking state officials are forwarded by the agency to the FPPC (see list below). Copies of statements forwarded to the FPPC can be obtained either from the filer's agency or the FPPC.
Employees of the State Senate and Assembly file their statements directly with the FPPC, and copies are not retained by the State Legislature.
Elected state officers, state legislators, judges and court commissioners, and members of the following state boards and commissions file annual statements on March 1 each year:
Fair Political Practices Commission, and
Public Utilities Commission.
In addition to annual statements, officials must file Form 700 when they assume office and when they leave office. Candidates for most state and local elective offices must file Form 700 along with the documents needed to appear on the ballot.
Statements Filed With FPPC
Original statements for the following filers (including candidates for elective offices listed) are forwarded to the FPPC:
Secretary of State
Members of the State Legislature
Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Board of Equalization Members
Public Utilities Commissioners
State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commissioners
State Coastal Commissioners
State Agency Secretaries, Department Directors, and Officials Who Manage Public Investments
Members of State Boards and Commissions
Regents of the University of California
Supreme, Appellate, and Superior Court Judges
County and City Offices
Members of Boards of Supervisors
Mayors and Members of City Councils
Chief Administrative Officers
County and City Treasurers
Statements filed by most other state and local officials and employees are retained where the official
or employee works. For example, the Form 700 filed by a city's director of public works will in
many cases be filed with the city clerk. In large cities, the Form 700 may be retained by the
personnel office for the public works department. If you are having difficulty obtaining access to a
statement, call the FPPC at 916-322-5660 or toll-free at 1-866-ASK-FPPC for assistance.