Great news—we just got one huge step closer to putting some teeth into our nurse-to-patient ratio laws in California.
The full Senate just passed our “Stop Repeat Offender Hospitals” bill, SB 1288. (Click here to see how legislators voted.)
And YOU did this!
- Many of you sounded the alarm on unsafe staffing levels at your hospitals.
- SEIU Local 121RN Nurses worked with Senator Connie M. Leyva to introduce this bill.
- Then we called, emailed, testified in hearings and lobbied to make sure our state senators understood why this bill is so important.
What happens next?
Our bill now goes to the Assembly side of our state legislature. We’ll continue to have opportunities to speak out at every important step of the bill’s journey. To learn more about how we’ll get this bill signed into law, sign up for *tomorrow’s* Lobby & Media Training (there’s still room).
What this bill will do…
Be sure to vote on June 5th to elect Healthcare Heroes!
Our important “Stop Repeat Offender Hospitals” bill will finally put some teeth into California’s nurse-to-patient ratio regulations. California has groundbreaking rules on minimum staffing levels, but too many hospitals ignore them. SB 1288 will bring unannounced inspections solely focused on staffing and establish escalating (and hefty) fines on hospitals who continue to violate Title 22 ratios.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to add your voice!
Gayle Batiste, RN, CNOR
President, SEIU Local 121RN