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State ethics agency has record number of enforcement actions in 2014
State ethics agency has record number of enforcement actions in 2014

The state ethics agency closed a record number of cases with proven violations in 2014 and also set new highs with the number of cases in which public officials agreed to fines, according to an annual report released Monday. The new records by the state Fair Political Practices Commission came in the same year that federal officials charged two state senators with bribery and a Los Angeles County jury found a third senator guilty of lying about living in his district. Unlike the criminal cases, the FPPC pursues administrative fines when public officials are found to have violated the Political Reform Act. In 2014, the agency closed 1,005 cases with proven violations, beating the...

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