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CHA Issues Alerts on Employment Status, Nurse Staffing Ratio Penalty Bills

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Yesterday, CHA issued two Advocacy Alerts: one on Senate Bill (SB) 227 (Leyva, D-Chino), which creates unnecessary and duplicative penalties for hospitals that don’t meet nurse staffing rations, and one on Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego), which threatens hospitals’ ability to contract with independent businesses — such as nurse registries, staffing agencies or other employers — for critical patient services.

The AB 5 alert asks members to call their senators and urge them to delete the bill’s current business-to-business provision. Because the deadline for amendments is 11:59 p.m. (PT) this evening, members were asked to call by noon today.

The SB 227 alerts asks members to write to Gov. Gavin Newsom, urging him to veto the bill.

Questions about both alerts can be directed to Kathryn Austin Scott, CHA senior vice president, state relations and advocacy.