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Assembly OKs bill on hospitals’ seismic upgrades
San Francisco Chronicle

The disaster in Japan gave state lawmakers some pause Thursday, but they went ahead with legislation to put off the date when hospitals must prove they can survive an earthquake.

The state Assembly passed SB90, which allows hospitals to apply for a seven-year extension of the deadline to meet seismic safety requirements. The current deadline for most hospitals is 2013.

It now goes to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.