FAC to offer this training in November

The Florida Commission on Ethics has issued an advisory opinion, answering a series of questions under the new Senate Bill 2 four hour ethics training requirements for “constitutional officers,” including county commissioners.  The Advisory Opinion concluded that (1) the county attorney’s office, other local government attorney, or any person with knowledge of the required subjects may provide the training; (2) the training can be satisfied through attendance of a pre-recorded program, a webinar, or a formal written study program; (3) a credit “hour” consists of at least 50 minutes of training; (4) the four hour requirement is measured by a calendar year (1/1 to 12/31, beginning with the year 2013); and (5) the training does not necessarily have to reflect the most recent legislative changes to count toward the four hour requirement.

Through FACTOR, the Florida Association of Counties is offering a Certified County Commissioner class to any county commissioner on the Friday of FAC’s Legislative Conference this year.  The Ethics, Public Records and Sunshine Laws Seminar is being held on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Hotel in Volusia County. The line up of speakers includes Pat Gleason from the Attorney General’s Office, Kerrie Stillman from the Commission on Ethics and Herb Thiele, the Leon County Attorney.  If you are unable to make this date, please contact Letreze Gooding for additional information on other offerings this fall.