California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not seek to delay the state's landmark nurse-staffing regulations, set to take effect Jan. 1. The governor last month suspended all proposed state legislation for 180 days and called for a review of all laws enacted by former Gov. Gray Davis over the past five years. Hospital industry officials had used the moratorium as an opportunity to press for delays and revisions to the nurse-staffing law, signed by Davis in 1999. The law is designed to improve patient safety by requiring hospitals to beef up their nurse-to-patient ratios. Hospitals contend the bill's estimated $480 billion annual price tag coupled with a nationwide nurse shortage has made compliance virtually impossible. Hospital officials said they would continue to seek regulatory revisions to the law. -- by Laura B. Benko
Schwarzenegger won't seek to delay Calif. ratio law
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