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File #: 18-3924   
Type: City Code Amendments
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 6/21/2018
Posting Language: Ordinance amending the Ethics Code and the Municipal Campaign Finance Code to increase transparency through additional disclosures, clarify sections of the Code, and codify current practices. [Kevin Barthold, City Auditor]
Attachments: 1. Draft Ordinance, 2. Proposed revisions Municipal Campaign Finance Code - approved by ERB, 3. Proposed revisions Ethics Code - approved by ERB, 4. 2013 2018 Side by Side Ethics Code and Campaign Finance Code side x side Council pkt B Session, 5. Proposed revisions to Campaign Finance Code with recommendations from ERB and Task Force (added June 14 2018), 6. Campaign Finance Code draft approved by ERB-Campaign Finance Task Force changes, 7. Ordinance 2018-06-21-0491, 8. Staff Presentation
Related files: 18-3756, 17-5321, 17-6061
DEPARTMENT: City Auditor's Office


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Kevin Barthold, City Auditor


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: All


SUBJECT:

Proposed amendments to the Ethics Code and Municipal Campaign Finance Code


SUMMARY:

This item amends Article III "Code of Ethics" and Article VII "Campaign Finance Regulations", Chapter 2 "Administration" of the City Code of San Antonio, Texas. Changes include increased disclosure for zoning applicants and those seeking support for housing tax credits, provisions for waivers of Ethics Code and Municipal Campaign Finance Code, increased frequency of Campaign Finance reports, including entertainment limitations for elected officials, and requiring all complaints to be forwarded to chair and Vice-Chair of Ethics Review Board for review.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The Ethics Review Board has evaluated proposed changes to the Ethics Code and Municipal Campaign Finance Code. As part of this process, the ERB has considered input from City staff, evaluated 3 Council Consideration Requests submitted by City Councilmembers, sought input from a local ethics research expert, and performed a thorough review of both Codes.

The recommended changes increase transparency through additional disclosures, clarify sections of the Code, and codify current practices.

The ERB Chair discussed the proposed amendments with the Governance Committee on September 20, 2017 and February 28, 2018. Discussions were held with Council at B sessions on November 8, 2017 and June 13, 2018.

In March 2018, the Mayor created a Campaign Finance Task Force which reviewed disclosures on campaign finance reports and discussed contribution limits. This Task Force will report its recommendations to the Governance Committee on June 20, 2018.


ISSUE:

The ERB is recommending changes to the Ethics Code and the Municipal Campaign Finance Code.

The Campaign Finance Task Force will present its recommendations to the Governance Committee on June 20, 2018.

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