Contractors State License Board’s Expert Recommends Limiting C-46 Licenses for Solar Battery Energy Storage Systems

By Thomas A.T. Ferrari At its July 27, 2021 teleconference meeting [Agenda Item C], Contractors State License Board (CSLB) heard a presentation from UC Berkeley’s Labor Center on the Battery Energy Storage Systems Study, which strongly recommended that CSLB preclude Continue reading

Board of Pharmacy Updates Ownership, Management, and Control of Pharmacy License Regulations

By Sarah Dahm On July 23, 2021, the California Board of Pharmacy (Board) issued notice of its proposed rulemaking action to amend section 1709, Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR). This proposed rulemaking action follows SB 1193 Continue reading

Medical Board Releases Its 2020–2021 Annual Report

By Divya Sriharan On October 5, 2021, the Medical Board of California (MBC) released its Annual Report for 2020–2021 to the public. The Annual Report updates stakeholders on new legislation and describes the Board’s work over the past fiscal year. Continue reading

State Bar of California Releases Paraprofessional Program Working Report for Public Comment

By Andrea Lavelle On September 23, 2021, the State Bar Board voted after two hours of public comment, to release the California Paraprofessional Program Working Group’s (CPPWG) report and recommendations with a 110 day comment period. In 2019, the State Continue reading

Board of Accountancy Proposes Rulemaking Regarding the Sale, Transfer, or Discontinuance of a Licensee’s Practice

By Frannie Winters On July 30, 2021, the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) published notice of its intent to add sections 54.3 and 54.4, Title 16 of the CCR to protect client confidentiality in the sale, transfer, or discontinuance of Continue reading

State Bar’s Annual Fee Bill Would Pave the Way for Improving Attorney Misconduct Standards

By Andrea Lavelle   SB 211 (Umberg), as amended September 2, 2021, is the State Bar’s annual “fee bill.” This bill would amend sections 6140 and 6141 of the Business and Professions Code to authorize the Bar to assess 2022 Continue reading

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

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

Two New Studies Reveal the California Bar Exam Cut Score’s Racially Disparate Impact, and State Bar of California Continues its own Study of the Bar Exam

By Juan M. Villalvazo In October 2020, two studies analyzing the various ways in which California’s minimum bar exam passing score (“cut score”) on the Bar exam impacts examinee outcomes. Both studies were conducted by the same authors, and were Continue reading