July 22, 2014 •
Oakland, California Council Puts Ethics Charter Amendment on November Ballot
City Council has approved a proposal by Councilmember Dan Kalb to amend the Oakland City Charter to strengthen the authority, resources, and independence of the Public Ethics Commission.
The amendment would expand the authority of the commission by transferring filing officer duties from the city clerk for lobbying and campaign finance reporting. The seven-member commission would also be given the authority to enforce state ethics laws by imposing fines when four members agree by vote.
The amendment will now be placed on the November 2014 ballot.
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