California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked a state appeals court to dismiss the state's bid to relax required nurse-to-patient ratios in hospital units, ending a protracted public battle with the California Nurses Association. California's attorney general moved to withdraw the state's appeal of a June ruling by Superior Court that found the administration had overstepped its authority in relaxing the ratios through an emergency regulation. "It's a very proud day for us," CNA Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said in response. A spokeswoman with the California Hospital Association, which joined the appeal, declined to comment on the state's request. California's landmark 1999 law requires hospitals to meet minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. -- by Melanie Evans
Calif. ends appeal over nurse-to-patient ratios
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