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On October 7, 2005, the Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill No. 1234. AB 1234 provides that if a local agency gives any type of compensation, salary, or stipend to, or reimburses the expenses of a member of its 'legislative body' (as that term is defined in California Government Code Section 54952), that local agency's officials must receive training in ethics.

AB 1234 also provides that if an entity develops criteria for the ethics training required by AB 1234, then the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and the Attorney General shall be consulted regarding any proposed course content. Other than the consultation requirement regarding the training course, the FPPC has no jurisdiction to interpret or advise on the requirements of AB 1234. In response to AB 1234's requirement that the FPPC be consulted regarding proposed course content, the FPPC has implemented Regulation 18371. A link to Regulation 18371 and the Attorney General's AB 1234 information can be found below.

The online training offered by the City through this website is self study. Please click here to view the March 28, 2013 training video. Following completion of the video, it is the individual’s responsibility to print and complete the Proof of Participation Certificate and return it to the City Clerk’s Office (Bay E, 2nd Floor).  It is recommended that you keep a copy for your records.

Other helpful links:

Link to text of Assembly Bill 1234

Link to Regulation 18371 (.pdf file)

Link to Resource Chart (.pdf file)

Link to Attorney General's Office AB 1234 Criteria (.pdf file)

Please note:  As stated above, the FPPC cannot advise on the legal requirements of AB 1234 because the FPPC does not have jurisdiction to do so. For questions pertaining to legal interpretation and application of AB 1234, please contact the City Attorney's Office (949-644-3131).

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Last updated: 5/29/2013 11:54:27 AM