Tickets to Agency Report

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Form 802 Ticket Disclosure

In December 2008, the Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) amended its regulations pertaining to disbursement of tickets to and from a public agency (such as the City of Palm Desert), which are used by individual public officials.  These regulations apply to tickets for admission to entertainment, recreational, amusement, and similar types of events.  Unless specific circumstances exist, such tickets constitute a gift to a public official subject to the annual gift limitation of $460 from any one source in a calendar year (through December 31, 2016), as set forth in FPPC regulations.  Effective January 1, 2017, the gift limit from a single source increased to $470 annually.  However, if the tickets fit within certain descriptive uses (such as a City business use), then such tickets do not constitute a gift to the public official.

The Regulation requires agencies to prepare reports disclosing the distribution of tickets and also requires agencies to adopt a written policy for distributing tickets to public officials.  A written policy must state the specific governmental or public purpose of the agency to be accomplished by the distribution of the ticket to an agency official.  The written policy must be posted prominently and continuously on the agency’s website.  (See City Council Resolution No. 2017-07 below.)

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