2006 Amendments

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Overview

In 2006 the City Council amended provisions in the Code of Ethics related to public disclosure of financial and personal interests. The amendments expand the definition of "immediate family," set out procedures for disclosing conflicts of interest, and require public disclosure on online forms that are immediately accessible to the public. To read a newsletter article about the legislative changes, click here.

Code of Ethics

Defining Immediate Family

Ordinance 06-O-1368 revises the definition of “immediate family” in section 2-801. The definition has been changed from spouse, registered domestic partner, and dependent child to mean “spouse, domestic partner registered under section 94-133, mother, father, sister, brother, and natural or adopted children of an official of employee.” The City Council adopted the ordinance on July 17, 2006. As amended, the Code of Ethics:

  • Prohibits city officials and employees from participating in contracts in which they know or with reasonable investigation should know that their spouse, registered domestic partner, parents, children, or siblings have a financial interest or personal interest. This prohibition precludes any city official or employee, including council members, from voting or participating in any other decision related to a contract involving a spouse, domestic partner, parent, sibling, child, or the spouse of a parent, sibling, or child. See section 2-812.
  • Requires persons who must file a city financial disclosure statement to disclose when one of these family members is employed by the City or engaged in a “beneficial transaction” with the City. The 2006 City Financial Disclosure form lists beneficial transactions as a contract, zoning matter, liquor license, or grant or receipt of aid. This change provides a way for the public to determine whether the rule against nepotism in the City Charter and the Civil Service Code is being followed by the elected officials and city employees who are required to file financial disclosure statements.

Disclosing Conflicts of Interest

Ordinance 06-O-1225 amends section 2-813 on the disclosure of interests to require online reporting of conflicts of interest and to set out a standard procedure for disclosing conflicts. Persons who are disqualified from voting on legislation or a pending agency decision due to a financial or personal interest are required to verbally disclose the nature of their interest at the relevant meeting and efile a Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest form at the City Ethics eFiling System. The ordinance was adopted on June 17, 2006.

Disclosing Expense Reimbursements

The disclosure requirements for travel now require online disclosure of expense reimbursements from non-city sources. City officials and employees must efile an Expense Reimbursement form for travel and related hosting expenses when paid by non-city sources. See section 2-815Ordinance 06-O-1035 deleted the separate disclosure requirement for all-city related travel as redundant and obsolete since officials and employees file travel expense reimbursements forms with the Finance Department when the City pays for their travel. This ordinance was adopted on May 15, 2006.

Charter Amendments

The City Council approved four charter amendments dealing with disclosure.

Ordinance 06-O-1371 amends the term "immediate family" to include "registered domestic partner" in the city council policy against nepotism. (Adopted Aug. 21, 2006.)

Ordinance 06-O-1373 amends the term "relative" to include "registered domestic partner" in the provision requiring council members to publicly disclose relatives employed by the City. (Adopted Aug. 21, 2006.)

Ordinance 06-O-1595 amends Section 5-402 on disclosures to require elected officials to publicly disclose the identity of any relative employed by the City by February 15 each year on a form prescribed by the Board of Ethics. (Adopted Sept. 5, 2006.)

Ordinance 06-O-1596 amends Section 2-302 to require council members to publicly disclose any financial or personal interest in a matter coming before the council for a vote by submitting an electronic form prescribed by the Board of Ethics. (Adopted Sept. 5, 2006.)

Vetoed Legislation

Gifts and Tickets

On June 5, 2006, the City Council sustained without objection the Mayor's veto of Ordinance 06-O-0980 concerning exceptions to the ban on gratuities. The Ethics Officer testified against the legislation and Board of Ethics passed a resolution urging the council to sustain the veto.

Contact Info
City of Atlanta
Ethics Office
68 Mitchell Street, SW
Suite 12130
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Tel: 404.330.6286
Fax: 404.658.6077
ethicsofficer@atlantaga.gov

Ginny Looney
Ethics Officer

Integrity Line
1.800.884.0911

Atlanta Ethics Website
Electronic Disclosure System

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