Getting the training and continuing education you need is easy!
You may be aware of the new state law requiring all elected municipal officers to receive four (4) hours of ethics-specific training.
This law went into on effect January 1, 2015, and no prior training will be counted. (If you were elected after January 1, 2015, you have one year from the date of your election to complete the training. For example, if elected March 10, 2015, you have until March 10, 2016, to complete the training). Training is required every year. Only training taken after January 1 and within the calendar year will count toward the requirement. FLC University will be providing both online and in-person courses to meet the requirement. There will be no charge to attend if the individual is an elected official of an FLC-member municipality. The law specifies that the four hours be taught with these components:
- Two hours of Florida Ethics Law (Chapter 112, Florida Statutes)
- One hour of Open Meetings (Chapter 286, Florida Statutes)
- One hour of Open Records (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes)
It will be the responsibility of the municipal officer (includes elected clerks, police chiefs) to keep records on the completion of these courses. If a person is elected for the first time in the first months of the year, they have until 2018 to complete the continuing education.
The Suncoast League of Cities will host Continuing Education in Ethics Training:
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