California Board of Accountancy Takes Oppose Unless Amended Position on AB 646 Relating to Disclosures of Expunged Convictions

By Frannie Winters AB 646 (Low), as amended January 24, 2022, is a two-year bill that would add section 493.5 to the Business and Professions Code to require a licensing board under the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), including the Continue reading

BPPE Proposes Alternative Fee Plan to Recuperate Operating Costs

By Mackenzie McCoy The Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE) is in a difficult financial position. With the bureau’s operating budget continuing to be slashed, a majority of the Bureau’s funding comes from the annual fees paid by the post-secondary Continue reading

Assembly Bill 526 Would Authorize Dentists with Necessary Training to Administer COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines

By Dimitri Davis AB 526 (Wood), as amended September 1, 2021, would amend section 1209 and add sections 1625.6 and 1645.2 to the Business and Professions Code, which would allow dentists to independently prescribe and administer influenza and COVID-19 vaccines Continue reading

Veterinary Medical Board Announces Further Extension of DCA Director’s Order Waiving Restrictions on Telemedicine and Extending Time to Refill Prescriptions

By Stella Gerson On August 31, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Kimberly Kirchmeyer, issued Waiver Order DCA-21-193, which further extend the June 4, 2020 waiver order, DCA-20-21, regarding telemedicine for new or different medical conditions Continue reading

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education Undergoes Sunset Review

By Madison Beck On December 1, 2019, the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) published its Sunset Review Report in preparation for its Sunset Review Oversight hearing before the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and 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

Department of Consumer Affairs Further Extends Series of Licensing Waivers Pertaining to the Medical Board of California During State of Emergency and Prioritizes Complaints Against Licensees Who Divert COVID-19 Vaccines

By Ellen Williams In December 2020 and January 2021, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Director, Kimberly Kirchmeyer, issued a series of orders extending the deadlines for licensing waivers issued as a result of Governor Newsom’s March 30, 2020 State of Continue reading

Dental Board Announces That Dentists Can Administer Covid-19 Vaccine

By Jonathan Greenbergs On January 4, 2021, the Dental Board of California (DBC) published an announcement from the Department of Consumer Affairs(DCA), DCA Waiver DCA-21-104, which waives restrictions on dentists from ordering and administering COVID-19 vaccines. To order or administer Continue reading

Board of Registered Nursing Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

By Kendra J. Muller Starting in August 2020, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) took the following actions to address consumer protection and nursing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic: On August 11, 2020, BRN issued a news release stating Continue reading