Adjudicatory Proceedings – no ex parte communications allowed with all Commissioners, all advisors and all hearing officers (20 CCR
1216 incorporating Administrative Procedure
Procedural ex parte communications are ok
Rulemaking or Policy Proceedings – ex parte communications allowed, no notice required
§ 1711 1710. NOTICING PROCEDURES; SETTING OF HEARINGS,
PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS, AND SITEVISITS
PUBLIC NOTICE OF DISCUSSIONS AMONG PARTIES.
(a) All hearings, presentations, conferences, meetings, workshops, and site visits shall be open to the public and noticed as required by section 1209; subsection (b); provided, however, these requirements do not apply to communications between parties, including staff, for the purpose of exchanging information or discussing procedural issues. Information includes facts, data, measurements, calculations and analyses related to the project.
Discussions between the staff and any other party to modify the staff's positions or recommendations regarding substantive issues shall be noticed. The sStaff may also meet with any governmental agency, not a party to the proceedings, for the purpose of discussing any matter related to the project without public notice.
Quasi-legislative actions like rulemaking allow ex parte meetings and contacts with staff and CARB Board Members
Any meetings with Board Members within 45 days prior to Board vote on rulemaking obligate the Board Member to disclose the meeting
No meetings with more than two Board Members at a time
Can set up meetings directly with Board Members or through the
California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation
Not subject to Administrative Procedure Act
No ex parte rules or filings required
All typical ex parte requirements apply to FERC action on
CAISO tariff requests
Code of Conduct and Ethical Principles
Entertainment, gifts and favors must never be accepted if they are intended to, or may appear to, influence your decision or judgement
Recent Legislation (i.e. SB 48, SB 660, AB 825, AB 1023)
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A member shall not directly or indirectly communicate with or argue to a judge or judicial officer upon the merits of a contested matter pending before such judge or judicial officer except:
In open court
With the consent of all other counsel
In the presence of all other counsel
In writing with a copy furnished to all other counsel, or
In ex parte matters.
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