Calif. Business and Professions Code §§10050, 10177
Amended by S.B. 1196
Effective date: January 1, 2017

The California Legislature will review the powers and duties of the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) by January 1, 2021. The review will determine whether the CalBRE is adequately fulfilling its regulatory and consumer protection duties.

The CalBRE may now suspend a real estate license if the licensee pleads guilty to a felony or crime related to the qualifications or duties of a real estate licensee, subject to a suspension hearing. If the guilty plea is later withdrawn, the suspension will be revoked.

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Editor’s note — The California Legislature is systematically extending their powers of review over several government agencies in the Department of Consumer Affairs. These reviews provide information to the legislature about whether additional laws are needed to ensure each agency is fulfilling its intended function. The CalBRE is merely one of the latest subjects of this review process.