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Press Release: Nurses’ “Stop Repeat Offender Hospitals” patient safety bill becomes law on January 1st

December 30, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2019 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024

Los Angeles, CA—In October, Governor Newsom signed SB 227 into law, agreeing with Nurses and other healthcare professionals that hospitals must put patient safety before profits and stop their corner-cutting when it comes to safe staffing levels.

No one wants to be a patient in a dangerously understaffed hospital.

This new law proves that California continues to lead the nation in patient safety; the state won’t tolerate hospitals that repeatedly ignore California’s nurse-to-patient ratio regulations.

Nurses waged a “David and Goliath” battle against an aggressive and costly disinformation campaign by the California Hospital Association, which made SB 227 its number one “kill bill” in 2019.

The law goes into effect immediately on January 1, 2020, 43 years after California’s first nurse-to-patient ratio law for Intensive Care Units.

Registered Nurses—like Jennifer, Sally, Mary, Monique, Kathy, Joyce, Alvin and Yolanda—will continue to push for higher standards and continue to challenge hospitals to be real partners with us and all Californians as we work together to strengthen patient care.

Learn more here.


SEIU Local 121RN represents registered nurses and other licensed healthcare professionals in California. This member-led organization is committed to supporting optimum working conditions that allow nurses to provide quality patient care and safety.