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In a ceremony on December 18, 2008, Governor Edward G. Rendell signed the bill into law; when it goes into effect in July, it will bar health care facilities from forcing nurses and some other practitioners to work beyond their regularly scheduled shifts. "There was a problem with nurses' being overworked and overtired and potentially error-prone in their jobs," Governor Rendell said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.