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Department of Justice: Notice of Modification of Text of Proposed Regulation and 15-Day Public Comment Period

The California Department of Justice issued a Notice of Modification dated June 5, 2019. The modifications are to the text of the proposed amendments to California Code of Regulations, title 11, Section 300, 301 and 308 and forms incorporated by reference therein. These regulations were originally the subject of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the California Regulatory Notice Register (Register 2018, No. 52-Z) on December 28, 2018. The proposed modifications are in response to comments received regarding the proposed regulation amendments and for the purposes of clarification.

The Summary of Benefits in the Initial Statement of Reasons include the following explanatory statements: The proposed amendments to the regulations and forms ensure that basic financial information will become available to the donating public promoting transparency and allowing for prospective donors to research and assess the performance of charitable organizations, including how they spend their charitable revenue and assets. The Attorney General will benefit from having basic financial information to assess potential problems or evaluate the need for audits or investigations. The proposed amendments will also clarify ambiguous provisions and instructions in the forms, saving time for both registrants and Attorney General staff. Finally, the proposed amendments to the forms and instructions will provide more information to the public concerning existing legal requirements and improve compliance through education.

Copies of the Notice of Modification, Proposed Text of Regulations, and related documents may be found at here. The original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and related documents may also be found at the same link.

If you have any comments regarding the proposed modifications, the DOJ will accept written comments between June 5, 2019 and June 20, 2019.

All written comments must be submitted to the DOJ no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 20, 2019, and addressed to:

James Toma,
Supervising Deputy Attorney General California Department of Justice Charitable Trusts Section 300 S. Spring St.,Suite 1702
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Email: James.Toma@doj.ca.gov

or

Teresa DePaz
California Department of Justice
300 S. Spring St., Suite 1702
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Charitable Trusts Section
Email: Teresa.DePaz@doj.ca.gov

For your reference, the following is the schedule of the upcoming meetings of the Committee:

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 – Conference call — William H. Gorrod
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 – Conference call
  • Thursday August 15, 2019 – Conference call

This e-bulletin was written by Louis E. Michelson, Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee.

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