The duties of the board shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
1. Adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A and conduct hearings under sections 68B.32B and 68B.32C and chapter 17A, as necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter and chapter 56.
2. Develop, prescribe, furnish, and distribute any forms necessary for the implementation of the procedures contained in this chapter and chapter 56 for the filing of reports and statements by persons required to file the reports and statements under this chapter and chapter 56.
The board may establish a process to assign signature codes to a person or committee for purposes of facilitating an electronic filing procedure. The assignment of signature codes shall be kept confidential, notwithstanding section 22.2.
3. Review the contents of all campaign finance disclosure reports and statements filed with the board and promptly advise each person or committee of errors found. The board may verify information contained in the reports with other parties to assure accurate disclosure. The board may also verify information by requesting that a candidate or committee produce copies of receipts, bills, logbooks, or other memoranda of reimbursements of expenses to a candidate for expenses incurred during a campaign. The board, upon its own motion, may initiate action and conduct a hearing relating to requirements under chapter 56. The board may require a county commissioner of elections to periodically file summary reports with the board.
4. Receive and file registration and reporting from lobbyists of the executive branch of state government, client disclosure from clients of lobbyists of the executive branch of state government, and personal financial disclosure information from officials and employees in the executive branch of state government who are required to file personal financial disclosure information under this chapter. The board, upon its own motion, may initiate action and conduct a hearing relating to reporting requirements under this chapter.
5. Prepare and publish a manual setting forth examples of approved uniform systems of accounts and approved methods of disclosure for use by persons required to file statements and reports under this chapter and chapter 56. The board shall also prepare and publish other educational materials, and any other reports or materials deemed appropriate by the board. The board shall annually provide all officials and state employees with notification of the contents of this chapter and chapter 56 by distributing copies of educational materials to associations that represent the interests of the various governmental entities for dissemination to their membership.
6. Assure that the statements and reports which have been filed in accordance with this chapter and chapter 56 are available for public inspection and copying during the regular office hours of the office in which they are filed and not later than by the end of the day during which a report or statement was received. Rules adopted relating to public inspection and copying of statements and reports may include a charge for any copying and mailing of the reports and statements, shall provide for the mailing of copies upon the request of any person and upon prior receipt of payment of the costs by the board, and shall prohibit the use of the information copied from reports and statements for soliciting contributions or for any commercial purpose by any person other than statutory political committees.
7. Require that the candidate of a candidate's committee, or the chairperson of a political committee, is responsible for filing disclosure reports under chapter 56, and shall receive notice from the board if the committee has failed to file a disclosure report at the time required under chapter 56. A candidate of a candidate's committee, or the chairperson of a political committee, may be subject to a civil penalty for failure to file a disclosure report required under section 56.6, subsection 1.
8. Establish and impose penalties, and recommendations for punishment of persons who are subject to penalties of or punishment by the board or by other bodies, for the failure to comply with the requirements of this chapter or chapter 56.
9. Determine, in case of dispute, at what time a person has become a candidate.
10. Preserve copies of reports and statements filed with the board for a period of five years from the date of receipt.
11. Establish a procedure for requesting and issuing formal and informal board opinions to local officials and employees and to persons subject to the authority of the board under this chapter or chapter 56. Advice contained in formal board opinions shall, if followed, constitute a defense to a complaint filed with the board alleging a violation of this chapter, chapter 56, or rules of the board that is based on the same facts and circumstances.
12. Establish rules relating to ethical conduct for persons holding a state office in the executive branch of state government, including candidates, and for employees of the executive branch of state government and regulations governing the conduct of lobbyists of the executive branch of state government, including but not limited to conflicts of interest, abuse of office, misuse of public property, use of confidential information, participation in matters in which an official or state employee has a financial interest, and rejection of improper offers.
13. Impose penalties upon, or refer matters relating to, persons who discharge any employee, or who otherwise discriminate in employment against any employee, for the filing of a complaint with, or the disclosure of information to, the board if the employee has filed the complaint or made the disclosure in good faith.
14. Establish fees, where necessary, to cover the costs associated with preparing, printing, and distributing materials to persons subject to the authority of the board.
93 Acts, ch 163, § 15; 95 Acts, ch 198, §19
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