California FPPC Expands Disclosure Rules, Posts Financial Disclosure Forms Online

California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) recently voted to require consultants who make or participate in making state or local government decisions to file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).  Simultaneously, the agencies that employ these consultants must file the newly created Form 805, which lists which individuals fall under this requirement and describe why.   Once fully implemented, this requirement will create a whole new class of Form 700 filers and greatly expand the amount of financial and business interest data available about government contractors. The FPPC has also begun to post Form 700s online through its website here.  The new FPPC site includes financial disclosure forms for statewide (i.e., Constitutional and legislative) officeholders as well as filers at the County Board of Supervisors and City Council level.

Both of these FPPC initiatives greatly enhance public records availability.