CA Lawmakers React to College Admission Scandal

The news reports on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 were shocking and sensational: The FBI had busted the largest college-admission scam in U.S. history. Lots of lives and careers were ruined that day and it became the trending topic of conversation around the nation. Four of the elite universities peripherally involved in this mess are in California. It was only a matter of time before lawmakers in the Golden State Read More

New Select Committee on Nonprofits in CA Assembly

“The IRS is not the only sheriff in town.” That’s a key point made in last summer’s edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly magazine on the “New Nonprofit Regulatory Environment: What You Should Know.” One of the most dramatic developments of the past 15 years or so for charitable organizations in the United States has been the rise of the states as vigorous regulators of the nonprofit sector. Especially for charities, Read More

Nonprofits Stop Bad Regulations

Even well-meaning legislators and regulators can get it wrong. They see a fly hovering over the apple pie on the Memorial Day picnic table and try to swat it with a sledgehammer. But twice in the last six months, nonprofit leaders have launched lobbying campaigns that have successfully turned back governmental overreactions to purported menaces. First up was an ill-conceived and unnecessary federal regulation on Read More

New Law Clarifies Investment Standards for California Charities

In 2015, the California Legislature had a busy and productive year. In addition to high-profile, landmark legislation affecting the population as a whole, lawmakers passed several bills directly affecting nonprofits. One that we haven’t yet discussed is AB 792, signed by Governor Brown on July 6, 2015, and effective January 1, 2016. It was sponsored by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section Read More