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SB-1288 Health and care facilities: inspections.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Leyva (S)
Bonta (A) , Jackson (S) , Rodriguez (A) , Santiago (A)
Health and care facilities: inspections.
An act to amend Sections 1279 and 1280.3 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health and care facilities.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/30/18 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/30/18 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/06/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/29/18 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 25. Noes 14. Page 5961.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 1288 without my signature.

This bill requires the Department of Public Health to issue a specific penalty for violating nurse-to-patient ratio requirements.

California hospitals are regularly inspected to assure patient safety and quality of care. When violations are found, penalties are imposed based on an overall assessment of the severity and duration of the violations, including for any failure to meet the required staffing ratio.

Nurse-to-patient ratios are a vital part of the state's regulatory scheme. Hospitals, however, are best evaluated in a comprehensive manner and I am reluctant to start singling out specific violations for a separate penalty.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.