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Director of Consumer Affairs Steps Down on Eve of Hearing

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Director Awet Kidane plans to resign from his position at the end of February 2017 to purse a new opportunity, he told state employees in a message this week. Kidane has led a department that oversees more than 40 professional licensing boards, including ones that regulate medical cannabis, construction and nursing, since […]

License Discipline Data Shows Racial Bias

10 years of discipline data from the Medical Board of California shows a relationship between race and professional license discipline outcomes, so reports the California Research Bureau. Having conducted the research at the behest of the Medical Board of California (Board), the Research Bureau looked at the discipline imposed by the Board from 2003-2013. The […]

2nd Amendment Rights Jeopardized by Legal Marijuana Use

“Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” So asks Question 11(e) on Firearms Transaction Record, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Form 4473. And as of January 16, 2017, that form came with the nice, […]

What Attorneys Do

The professionals at Simas & Associates, Ltd. regularly encounter individuals who have never needed to hire an attorney—and need one now. These are smart, successful, and savvy individuals, professionals, or business owners, sophisticated in the nuances of their practices, professions, specialties, services, offerings, or products. Unfortunately, that expertise does not always provide an intuitive knowledge […]


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