During the 2013 legislative session, the legislature passed S2, the Equal Access to the Ballot Act. The new law means candidates no longer file their Statement of Economic Interest with the local Municipal Election Commission. Now, candidates must file their SEI directly with the State Ethics Commission.
The new law also changed the annual filing deadline for the Statement of Economic Interest from April 15 to March 30 at noon.
All municipal elected officials; candidates for municipal office; and chief administrative officers, regardless of the name of the position, including city administrators or city managers, chief financial and procurement officers (or similarly titled positions) must file an annual SEI. Failure to do so or intentionally misrepresenting information is a misdemeanor and could result in a fine, jail time or both.
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