California. The state Department of Real Estate has put into play new rules on disciplinary actions against real estate licensees, effective Oct. 26, 2011. The rules establish the authority by which the DRE can issue an order of suspension or debarment per the Business and Professions Code. They also make clear that an individual who receives a notice of intention to issue an order of suspension or debarment cannot engage in any real estate-related business activity that is regulated under the authority of Division 4 of the state BCP. Further, anyone debarred is prohibited from engaging in any real estate-related business activity of a finance lender or residential mortgage lender. The new rules also require real estate brokers to vet their employees and regular business associates who participate in real estate-related business to ensure they are not subject to an order of suspension or debarment.