October 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A doctor's trade association is petitioning the state Supreme Court to bar California officials from raiding the coffers of the state's medical licensing authority.
In a petition filed Tuesday, the California Medical Association says regulation and licensing of doctors is slowed down by the state's un-repaid loans from the agency.
In 2008, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger borrowed $6 million from the board without repaying it. More loans from financially independent agencies are planned for this year.
The state medical board's revenues are independent of the state budget because the agency largely relies on fees from doctor license renewals to conduct its licensing and enforcement activities.
A call to Gov. Jerry Brown's office seeking comment was not immediately returned