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Schwarzenegger Drops Legal Fight Over Nurse Staffing Ratios

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger is dropping the fight against one of his most vocal critics, deciding to stop battling the California Nurses Association over hospital staffing ratios.

In June, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that the administration erred when it issued an emergency order a year ago seeking to delay a first-in-the-nation law requiring hospitals to provide more nurses.

But late yesterday, Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a motion on behalf of the governor´s office, withdrawing the state´s appeal of that court ruling.

The governor´s action comes just days after voters rejected all of his proposed initiatives during the special election. The lower patient-to-nurse staffing ratio was not among the issues decided at the ballot box Tuesday.

But it was a long-sought goal of the 60,000-member nurses union, who became a constant nemesis of the governor´s. Nurses protested at nearly every public event he held this year, including fund-raisers in New York and Boston.