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AB-2628 Political Reform Act of 1974: employment restrictions.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 06, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 17, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2628


Introduced by Assembly Member Levine
(Principal coauthor: Senator Jackson)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bonta, Campos, Chau, Chiu, Chu, Eggman, Cristina Garcia, Gomez, McCarty, Nazarian, Thurmond, Weber, Williams, and Wood)
(Coauthor: Senator McGuire)

February 19, 2016


An act to amend Section 87505 of, and to add Sections 87406.5 and 87506 to, the Government Code, relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2628, as amended, Levine. Political Reform Act of 1974: employment restrictions.
The Political Reform Act of 1974 generally prohibits a public official, as defined, from making, participating in making, or using his or her official position to influence a governmental decision in which the official has a financial interest. The act also requires the disclosure of specified financial interests of certain public officials on a statement of economic interests, which is filed annually. The act imposes certain restrictions on postgovernmental employment of specified public officials of state and local agencies.
This bill would require each state agency and each local agency that maintains an Internet Web site to make publicly available on that Internet Web site the statements of economic interests filed by the specified public officials.
This bill would prohibit an elected or appointed officer of a state or local agency, while holding office and for a period of one year after leaving office, from engaging in specified conduct, including maintaining employment with, as specified, or being a compensated consultant of that agency or, for compensation, aiding, advising, consulting with, or assisting an entity with a permit, regulatory action, or enforcement action pending before the agency.
A violation of the act is punishable as a misdemeanor. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also impose a state-mandated local program by increasing the duties imposed on local officials.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 2/3 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements.
This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 87406.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

87406.5.
 An elected or appointed officer of a state or local agency, while holding office and for a period of one year after leaving office, shall not do any of the following:
(a)  Maintain employment with, in a position other than the currently held elected or appointed office, with or be a compensated consultant of the state or local agency. For purposes of this section, “employment” does not include the currently held appointive office or any elective office of the state or local agency.
(b) Aid, advise, consult with, or assist an entity, for compensation, with a permit, regulatory action, or enforcement action pending before the state or local agency.

SEC. 2.

 Section 87505 of the Government Code is amended to read:

87505.
 Each city clerk or county clerk who maintains an Internet Web site shall post on that Internet Web site a notification that includes all of the following:
(a) A list of the elected officers identified in Section 87200 who file statements of economic interests with that city clerk or county clerk pursuant to Section 87500.
(b) A statement that copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the elected officers described in subdivision (a) may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Commission or that city clerk or county clerk, as appropriate, or the Internet Web site of the city or county. The statement shall include the physical address for the Commission’s office and the city clerk’s office or the county clerk’s office, as appropriate.
(c) A link to the Commission’s Internet Web site and a statement that statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in an electronic format on the Commission’s Internet Web site.

SEC. 3.

 Section 87506 is added to the Government Code, to read:

87506.
 Each state agency and each local agency that maintains an Internet Web site shall make publicly available on the Internet Web site each statement of economic interests filed with the agency’s filing officer by an official identified in Section 87200.

SEC. 4.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution for certain costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district because, in that regard, this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
However, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains other costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

SEC. 5.

 The Legislature finds and declares that this bill furthers the purposes of the Political Reform Act of 1974 within the meaning of subdivision (a) of Section 81012 of the Government Code.