Veterinary Medical Board Votes to Eliminate the California State Board Examination and Temporary Licensee Requirements

By Jordan Bourque At its January 28, 2021 meeting [Agenda item 8], the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) voted on various legislative and regulatory needed to eliminate the California State Board Examination (CSBE) and temporary licensee requirements. This decision comes after Continue reading

Senate Bill 607 Would Aim to Eliminate Clinical and Practical Examination for Registered Dental Assistants in Extended Functions

By Jonathan Greenbergs During the Dental Board of California’s December 4, 2020 meeting [Agenda Item 16(c)ii], the Board presented a legislative proposal that would delete the clinical or practical examination requirement for Registered Dental Assistants in Extended Functions (RDAEFs). As Continue reading

DOI Holds Second Workshop Regarding Proposed Regulations to Expand Auto Insurance Group Discounts to Low-Income Drivers

By Hannah Ohman On March 23, 2021, the California Department of Insurance (DOI) held a second prenotice public workshop regarding contemplated amendments to expand auto insurance group discounts to lower-income drivers. DOI is responsible for the review and approval of Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Unanimously Votes to Require San Diego Gas & Electric to Adjust Forecasted Rates after Challenge from Community Choice Aggregation Programs (A.20-04-014)

By Tristan Stidham At its January 14, 2021 voting meeting (Agenda Item 37, 37A), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 4–0 to issue a decision (D.21-01-017), adopting Commissioner Martha Guzman-Aceves’ December 28, 2020, Alternate Proposed Decision regarding 2021 electric Continue reading

Court of Appeal Sides with Medical Board of California and other State Agencies in Opioid Litigation Discovery Dispute

By Jonathan Padua On January 15, 2021, in Board of Registered Nursing v. The Superior Court of Orange County (Johnson & Johnson), 59 Cal. App. 5th 1011 (2021), the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued a peremptory writ of mandate Continue reading

California Department of Insurance Cracks Down on Inhumane Conditions in Private Prisons

By: Jennifer Wilczynski On February 8, 2021, Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) introduced SB 334 (Durazo), the Private Detention Accountability Act. Sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, SB 334 would require all Continue reading

California Superior Court Sustains State Bar’s Demurrer to LegalMatch’s Constitutional Challenge to Business and Professions Code § 6155; Second Amended Cross Complaint Pending

By Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage On February 3, 2021, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman sustained the State Bar of California’s demurrer to LegalMatch’s First Amended Cross Complaint (FACC) for Declaratory Relief, with leave to amend, in State Bar of California Continue reading

Contractors State License Board Enforcement Committee Moves Forward With Consumer Protection Strategies for Solar Consumers at the Recommendation of the California Public Utilities Commission

By Sabrina Barr At its February 4, 2021 meeting, the Enforcement Committee of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) heard a presentation from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) seeking CSLB’s comments on two proposals for enhancing protections for solar Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Transfers Electric Resource Portfolios For 2021-2022 Transmission Planning Process ((R.) 20-05-003)

By Rachel Rockwell At its February 11, 2021 voting meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted D.21-02-008 to transfer electric resource portfolios to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) as part of its ongoing rulemaking proceeding, R.20-05-003. The decision Continue reading