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Work in health care? Keep an eye on these five California bills that could become law
The Sacramento Bee

Among the hundreds of bills on the Legislature’s agenda for August are ones that would make key changes in the lives of California health care workers. Here are five to watch:

Guaranteeing enough nurses are on the job
Backed by nurses’ unions and other health care worker labor organizations, Senate Bill 1288 would require the state Department of Public Health to conduct unannounced inspections of hospitals to make sure they are complying with minimum nurse-patient ratios.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, sets progressive fines for each violation. It is opposed by the California Hospital Association and Association of California Healthcare Districts. The bill passed the Senate in late May and is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.