DOI Supports AB 970: Establishing a Climate and Sustainability Insurance and Risk Reduction Program

By Shiloh Wallack AB 970 (Rivas), introduced on February 14, 2023, by Assemblymember Luz Rivas, and supported by the Department of Insurance (DOI), would add and repeal Article 2.5 (commencing with section 12945) of Chapter 2 of Division 3 of Continue reading

Board of Pharmacy Approves Changes to Regulatory Language for Pharmacists Furnishing Opioid Antagonists

By Shannon Dart At its February 6–7, 2023 meeting (at 10:11:15), the Board of Pharmacy approved the recommendations from the Licensing Committee to move forward with changing regulatory language related to the authority of a licensed pharmacist to furnish opioid Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Announces First Market Transformation Administrator

By Shiloh Wallack On January 31, 2023, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced its first-ever Market Transformation Administrator (CalMTA). This new position is part of the CPUC’s ongoing efforts to advance clean energy, promote energy efficiency, and support innovation Continue reading

Department of Insurance Co-Hosts Forum on Federal Resources Available to Californians Recovering from Natural Disasters

By Shiloh Wallack On February 6, 2023, Ricardo Lara, Commissioner of the California Department of Insurance (DOI), issued a press release regarding a public forum to discuss the federal resources available to those impacted by natural disasters and any plans Continue reading

Dental Board Votes to Clarify Registered Dental Hygienist Application Requirements

By Dimitri A. Davis During its November 18, 2022, meeting [Agenda Item 24], the Dental Board of California (DBC) voted to include in the next Sunset Review Report a recommendation to amend Business and Professions Code sections 1752.1, 1752.4, and Continue reading

Board of Pharmacy Reissues Pharmacy Law Waiver

By Shannon Dart On December 5, 2022, the California Board of Pharmacy’s President reissued a pharmacy law waiver for prescribers dispensing medication to emergency room patients. This waiver lasts approximately six months, from December 5, 2022, to May 28, 2023. Continue reading

California State Bar Changes Its Interpretation of Statute to Foster Transparency and Accountability

By Lauren Holappa On October 7, 2022, to enhance transparency and accountability, the State Bar filed a supplemental brief to inform the California Supreme Court of its new interpretation of Business and Professions Code section 6086.1, subdivision (b)(2). Pursuant to Continue reading

CPUC’s Recent Grants to Local Governments Help Bridge the Digital Divide

By Shiloh Wallack On October 21, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) stated they had made their largest funding award to 28 local governments in the amount of $14 million in grants. These grants are to help with broadband Continue reading

Commissioner Lara’s New Appointments to the Department of Insurance Advance Consumer Protection Goals

By Shiloh Wallack On October 14, 2022, Department of Insurance (DOI) Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced several appointments to various boards and committees within DOI in an effort to meet DOI’s consumer protection goals. These appointments included naming three members to Continue reading