Governor Newsom Appoints New President and New Commissioner of CPUC

By Riley Minkoff On November 22, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Marybel Batjer would be retiring effective December 31, 2021 and that he was appointing Senior Advisor to the Governor Continue reading

SB 28 (Caballero), Authorizing CPUC to Set and Enforce Customer Service Requirements for Cable Franchise Holders, Signed by Governor

By Andrew D. Kent SB 28 (Caballero), as amended August 30, 2021, adds section 5895 to the Public Utilities Code, expanding the authority of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to collect data to enforce requirements for cable franchises.  Included Continue reading

Nurses Contend with the Suspension of Regulatory Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

By Kendra J. Muller On December 11, 2020, and again on January 24, 2021, Heidi W. Steinecker, Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced a suspension of regulatory enforcement for hospitals that is valid until March Continue reading

Legislature Enacts California Consumer Financial Protection Law and Reorganizes and Renames the Department of Business Oversight As the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation  

By Stephanie Mendivil On September 25, 2020, Governor Newsom signed a series of bills to establish a California consumer financial protection watchdog agency, modeled after the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that is designed to expand the state’s authority and Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Jointly Issues Root Cause Analysis with Other State Agencies Regarding Rolling Blackouts

By Tristan Stidham On October 6, 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a preliminary “Root Cause Analysis” with respect to California’s August 14 and 15, 2020, rolling blackouts—the first time in nearly 20 years that such outages occurred. Continue reading

AB 890 Signed Into Law After Opposition from Board of Registered Nursing

By Kendra J. Muller AB 890 (Wood), as amended August 28, 2020, amends sections 650.01, 805, 805.5, and adds Article 8.5 to the Business and Professions Code regarding nursing practitioner guidelines. According to a bill analysis and as defined by Continue reading