Category: Consumer Laws

Understanding Senate Bill 2: The Building Homes And Jobs Act

The Building Homes and Jobs Act, also known as Senate Bill 2 (Atkins) became effective on Jan. 1 and will impact consumers who refinance their homes. Although the Department of Consumer Affairs’ California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) monitored the bill prior to it becoming law, the program falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of…

Copy That: Your Eye Prescription Belongs to You

Did you know that if you have an eye exam or a fitting for contact lenses, the eye doctor must give you a copy of your prescription—without you having to ask for it—free of charge? It’s your right—and it’s enforced by the Federal Trade Commission via the Eyeglass Rule and the Contact Lens Rule. Having…

Good News for Advocates of Suicide Assessment and Prevention Training for Psychologists

A bill passed in the California Senate today that may help licensed psychologists save lives. Assembly Bill 89 (Levine), sponsored by the State Board of Psychology, passed in the California Senate today. If signed into law, the bill will, effective January 2020, require applicants for licensure as psychologists to prove he or she has completed…

It’s Remodeling Season: What You Need to Know Going In

Warm weather makes newly painted walls dry faster, projects less likely to be rain-delayed and spawns desire for that outdoor kitchen. But before you put big bucks towards a better abode, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds you to do your due diligence before hiring any contractor to perform work in or on your…

California Raises Smoking and Vaping Ages to 21

During a special healthcare session earlier this month, Governor Brown signed into law significant tobacco regulations, raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 and classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products. The laws go into effect on June 9. With the signing of this new law, California becomes the second state in the country, after Hawaii,…

Latest Consumer Connection Magazine Highlights New Medical Marijuana Bureau

The first issue of 2016 is out, and it’s packed with great information. Last year, the passage of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act added another new regulatory entity—the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation—under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). Although it doesn’t officially open its doors until 2018, the…

New California Laws for 2015—Update

Hundreds of laws—930 to be exact—went into effect this year. Most took effect back in January; however, a number of them went into effect on July 1. Here are a few: Smartphone kill switches: Senate Bill 962 requires all smartphones sold in California have theft-deterring technology that allows owners to remotely disable their stolen devices. Pet…

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