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Gov. Jerry Brown announced today that he has signed legislation reconstituting the California Board of Registered Nursing, whose legal authority expired on Jan. 1 after Brown vetoed a bill last year to extend its existence.

The Democratic governor signed Senate Bill 98 without comment, reinstating the board through 2015.

When he vetoed legislation last year to extend the nursing board's existence, Brown said he objected to language that would have expanded pension benefits for board investigators -- language not included in the bill that Brown signed today.

The nursing board regulates nearly 380,000 registered nurses in California. It is responsible for enforcing laws and regulations regarding nursing education and licensing, among other duties.



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