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Court says ballot question on hospital staffing can proceed

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BOSTON (AP) - The state's highest court has upheld the constitutionality of a ballot question that calls for strict nurse-to-patient ratios in Massachusetts hospitals.

The Supreme Judicial Court said Monday that Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey properly certified the initiative petition, clearing the way for it to go before voters in November if proponents file an additional 10,792 certified signatures by July 3.

The Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association opposes the measure, saying the cost of hiring additional nurses to meet the new staffing levels would lead to cuts in other critical services.

The high court did, however, uphold Healey's decision not to certify an alternate version of the same ballot question which also would have required stricter financial disclosures by hospitals.

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