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Despite "Massive Job Losses and Revenue Shortfalls", Governor Continues To Propose Large Increase In DBO Staffing

As required by the California Constitution, Governor Newsom proposed a budget for the state's 2020/2021 fiscal year in January.  Cal. Const. Art. IV, § 12.  As noted in this post, the Governor had big plans for the Department of Business Oversight,...

Department of Business Oversight

Are Computers Biased And What Is The DBO Going To Do About It?

Humans decisions are affected by all manner of biases.  Many of these biases are quirks of the human mind.  A common bias, for example, is to assign more weight to recent data than to older data.  Another involves seeing patterns from random...

Department of Business Oversight

DBO Urges Securities/Franchise Filers To Use DocQNet

In the plethora of notifications concerning the Covid-19 (coronavirus) issued various government agencies, this one from the California Department of Business Oversight could easily be overlooked.  The gist of the DBO's message is for securities and...

Department of Business Oversight

DBO Expansion Plans To Be Aired On April Fools' Day

California's Governor Gavin Newsom has big plans for the Department of Business Oversight.  These plans were described in his proposed 2020-2021 budget as follows:

"To better reflect its current and future role, DBO’s name will be changed to the...

Department of Business Oversight, Department of Corporations

Will The DBO's New Name Confuse Investors?

This January post discussed Governor Newsom's proposal to rename the Department of Business Oversight.  While I am no fan of the current moniker, I do not favor the Governor's new name - Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. 

The name...

Department of Business Oversight

Will California License Virtual Currency Issuers?

The California Department of Business Oversight regulates the money transmission business pursuant to the Money Transmission Act, Cal. Fin. Code § 2000 et seq.  The Act currently defines "money transmission" as any of the following:

  • Selling or...

Banking and Financial Institutions, Department of Business Oversight

Governor Proposes To Expand Department Of Business Oversight Authority And Funding

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his proposed budget for California's 2020-2021 fiscal year.  The Governor is proposing to rename the Department of Business Oversight as the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation as of the...

Commissioner of Business Oversight, Department of Business Oversight

DBO Warns Of False Flag Email

Impersonating government agencies and officials is nothing new.  The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) issued this detailed warning of this practice in 2016.  Two years later, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned of...

Department of Business Oversight

DBO Has Very Few Precedents

The California Administrative Procedure Act provides that an agency's decision in an adjudicative proceeding "may not be expressly relied on as precedent unless it is designated as a precedent decision by the agency".  Cal. Govt. Code § 11425.60(a)....

Department of Business Oversight

What Does The DBO Regulate?

The Department of Business Oversight is more than a securities regulator.  When I headed the Department of Corporations, it was also a health care regulator - administering and enforcing California's Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975,...

Department of Business Oversight

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