California State Bar Changes Its Interpretation of Statute to Foster Transparency and Accountability
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
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 SB 211 (Umberg) (Chapter 723, Statutes of 2021), the State Auditor conducted a performance audit of the California State Bar’s attorney complaint and disciplinary process. The audit, issued on April 14, 2022, raised significant concerns regarding the closure of complaints against certain attorneys using non-public measures, as th ..read more
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CPUC’s Recent Grants to Local Governments Help Bridge the Digital Divide
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
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 technical assistance with the goal of closing the digital divide. The digital divide is unequal access to digital technology, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and the general internet itself. This divide furthers inequality around access to information and any subsequent resources. CPUC’s Commissioner Darice L. Houck said, “Technical Assistances gr ..read more
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Commissioner Lara’s New Appointments to the Department of Insurance Advance Consumer Protection Goals
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
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 the California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan (CAARP) Advisory Committee, three members to the Curriculum Board, and an additional member to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) Governing Committee. The DOI’s consumer protection goals include an overarching vision of a healthy insurance industry in Cali ..read more
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The Department of Education Continues to Erase Debt of Former Students of Predatory For-Profit Universities
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
By Mackenzie McCoy On June 1, 2022, the Department of Education announced they would cancel all remaining loans for students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian College. This cancellation will affect roughly 560,000 students and will result in $5.8 billion in loans discharged. The Department of Education found that Corinthian mislead students on many important issues, including graduation and job placement rates. This was just one of many cases where for-profit postsecondary educational institutions were found to have defrauded students and have been forced to cease operation and pay damag ..read more
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Pharmacists Refusal to Fill Prescriptions for Contraceptives Could be Violation of Federal Anti-Discrimination Law
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
By Mackenzie McCoy On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance for pharmacies regarding their obligations to patients requesting reproductive health care. After the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 142 S. Ct. 2228 (2022), many reproductive healthcare providers have been searching for legal guidance when navigating what types of healthcare they are permitted to offer their patients. The document released by the OCR highlights the important role that pharmacists play in t ..read more
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Medical Board of California Supports Recently Passed Law Requiring Physicians Give Notice of Open Payments Database
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
By Carter Cordura On September 29, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1278 (Nazarian) (Chapter 750, Statutes of 2022) into law. The Medical Board of California (MBC) supported the bill. AB 1278 is the first California law that requires physicians to disclose the payments they receive to their patients.  AB 1278, a Consumer Protection Policy Center-sponsored bill, states that “disclosure of financial conflicts of interest by doctors is a moral obligation not enforced by law.”  AB 1278 addresses this and requires physicians and surgeons to provide written or electronic notice of the ..read more
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SmileDirect Opposes Dental Board’s Attempt to Delay Trial
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
By Dimitri Davis On October 21, 2022, SmileDirect argued that the court should not delay its litigation with DBC in the case of Jeffrey Sulitzer, D.M.D, et al. v. Joseph Tippins et al., Case No. 2:19-CV-08902 GW (MAAX) (C.D. Cal.); Docket No. 20-55735 (9th Cir.). On March 17, 2022, the Ninth Circuit revived part of SmileDirect’s suit against DBC, mostly affirming the lower court’s dismissal, including affirming the dismissal of SmileDirect’s dormant Commerce Clause and Equal Protection claims. [27:2 CRLR 8]  However, the Ninth Circuit reversed part of the lower court’s dismissal of SmileD ..read more
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California Board of Registered Nursing to Implement Law Expediting Licensure for Abortion Providers
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
By Carter Cordura On September 27, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 657 (Cooper) (Chapter 560, Statutes of 2022) into law. AB 657 adds Chapter 1.2 (commencing with section 870) of the Business and Profession Code which requires the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to expedite the licensure process for applicants who demonstrate they intend to provide abortions within the scope of practice of their license. BRN supports the bill and now needs to institute a rulemaking action to implement it. AB 657 came largely in response to the Texas Legislature’s passage of SB 8, the Texas Heartbeat Ac ..read more
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CBA Proposes Rulemaking to Remove the Second Signature Requirement for Licensure
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by Katie Gonzalez
2M ago
By Dimitri Davis On October 21, 2022, the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) published notice of its intent to amend sections 12 and 12.5 of title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) relating to experience requirements for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Licensure. According to the initial statement of reasons, these proposed changes are to relieve an unnecessary burden on licensure candidates, allowing for more efficient and accurate information being gathered for the purpose of licensure. Currently, as codified in the Business and Professions Code, applicants for CPA licensur ..read more
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Commissioner Lara Protects Homeowner Insurance Coverage Following Wildfire Emergency Declaration
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by Katie Gonzalez
3M ago
By Shiloh Wallack On September 22, 2022, Ricardo Lara, Commissioner of the California Department of Insurance (DOI), issued a press release informing Californians that DOI will “protect insurance coverage for over 236,000 homeowners following wildfire emergencies in Northern and Southern California.” He plans to do this by issuing a mandatory, one-year mortarium preventing insurance companies from cancelling homeowner insurance policies and non-renewals specifically within the wildfire perimeter or in adjacent ZIP codes of the Mosquito and Fairview fires in the counties of Riverside, Placer, a ..read more
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