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Nursing Law Block,Legality Challenged

SACRAMENTO (AP) __ A Sacramento judge says Governor Schwarzenegger acted illegally when he blocked a law boosting the number of nurses needed to staff California´s hospitals.

The move represents a major potential setback for the governor in his months-long battle with the California Nurses Association. Sacramento Judge Judy Holzer Hersher says she´s decided tentatively in favor of a preliminary injunction to lift the state´s emergency regulations that stopped the law from taking

effect Jan. 1 The decision sets the stage for a Friday morning hearing in Sacramento Superior Court. There, lawyers for the governor and California Nurses Association will conduct oral arguments regarding the ruling, which is not final. Schwarzenegger moved in November to block a law requiring one nurse for each five patients in hospital medical wings. Hospitals said it would be impossible to implement amid a statewide nursing shortage.