December 11, 2014 •
Oakland, California Council Passes Ethics Act
City Council passed the Oakland Government Ethics Act towards the end of an eight-hour meeting during the early hours of December 10.
In November, voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to strengthen the city’s Public Ethics Commission (PEC). Measure CC, a charter amendment, gives the PEC authority to enforce the city’s lobbying laws and to levy fines in excess of $1,000 for violations.
The Oakland Government Ethics Act compliments the charter amendment by providing a new set of ethics rules including a revolving-door provision and a new lower annual gift limit of $250. Gifts from persons who do business or seek to do business with the city are further limited to $50 annually.
The legislation is effective immediately.
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