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Bill to tighten hospital security clears California legislative panel
Los Angeles Times

A California legislative committee gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would tighten security at hospitals and increase their requirements for reporting violent acts to the state.

The bill given the nod by the Assembly Committee on Health was sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) and the California Nurses Assn., which claims that nurses are facing an epidemic of violence in hospitals. It follows the death last October of Cynthia Palomata, a nurse who was bludgeoned at a medical facility at a jail in Martinez in Northern California.