Ethics Training Procedure
On October 7, 2005, the Governor signed Assembly Bill No. 1234. This law requires (among other things) that all local agencies that provide compensation, salary, or stipend to, or reimburses the expenses of, members of a legislative body must provide ethics training to local agency officials by January 1, 2007, and every two years thereafter.
There are numerous training options, including training conducted by commercial organizations, nonprofits, or even the agency's own legal counsel. In addition, interested parties have collaborated to create an on-line training program that will allow local officials to satisfy the requirements of AB 1234 on a cost-free basis. The training may be accessed at the links below, and at the end of the training a certification of completion must be printed and turned in to the AAA Secretary.
Each September, AAA staff will report on who needs the training. All training must be complete by December for the following two calendar years to maintain compliance.
Use the Self-Training provided by the Fair Political Practices Commission by the Office of the Attorney General at: http://localethics.fppc.ca.gov
This is a self-serve training program. It is your obligation to print a certificate and provide it to your agency. No copies can be retained by the program or the website.
Thanks to the Institute for Local Government, the County of Monterey and the state and local agencies and officials that helped develop and test the program
- Attend monthly meetings of the AAA Advisory Council. These are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM for approximately two hours.
- Serve on one AAA Advisory Council committee. These include the Planning & Funding, Transportation/Mobility and Legislative Committees as well as other ad hoc committees as identified.
- Attend one full day training for the Advisory Council each year.
- Other related duties include program monitoring, attending presentations at the Board of Supervisors, attending public hearings, serving as liaison to other groups or commissions, and planning special projects. These are chosen based upon the interest and availability of individual members.
- Terms of appointment are two years with optional renewal term.
- Upon selection, each new member meets with a representative of the Advisory Council and a staff person for a thorough orientation.