State law (AB 1234) requires that local officials who receive compensation, salary, stipends, or expense reimbursements must receive training in public service ethics laws and principles every two years. The requirement applies not only to the governing body of a local agency, but also commissions, committees, boards or other local agency bodies, whether permanent or temporary, decision-making or advisory. Any new appointee or elected member of an affected agency must complete AB 1234 training within one year of assuming office. Officials must repeat this training every two years. County Counsel has determined that Mental Health Board members are required to complete this training.
**********Ethics Training for Local Government Officials************
___________________from Attorney General___________________________________
***Conflicts of Interest, Perquisites of Office, Government Transparency***
The training regarding conflicts of interest, perquisites of office and governmental transparency should include the following:
(1) Laws relating to personal financial gain by public servants, including, but not limited to:
(B) Conflicts of Interest under the Political Reform Act (Gov. Code, §§ 87100, 87103).
**************Gov. Code, § 87100**********************
87100. No public official at any level of state or local government shall make, participate in making or in any way attempt to use his official position to influence a governmental decision in which he knows or has reason to know he has a financial interest.
Question: Did Sequoia Healthcare District Directors Kane, Faro and Griffin act unethically by accepting increased health insurance benefits for which they voted?
See: www.xshcd.com/Transcript5June2012.docx and, Web Link
MANDATORY ETHICS TRAINING (AB 1234)
Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Mar 27, 2014
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