The bill disqualifies any person convicted of a felony involving accepting, giving, or offering bribes, embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes, from serving in public office. The disqualification period lasts 5 years and begins on either the date of the person’s last conviction or their release for incarceration.
Following the misconduct in the city of Bell in 2010, there was a sharp increase in bills related to transparency and accountability. In 2011, more than 30 city of Bell related bills were introduced. While the League did not have a formal position on AB 1654, it has been actively involved in promoting open government and transparency.