A lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court by three California unions seeks a ruling banning public funds from being used for the production of video news releases. VNRs produced by the Schwarzenegger administration have backed moves to remove workers' lunch break guarantees and opposed legislated nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. A California Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman defended the use of VNRs. "There is no statutory prohibition against the use of public funds to produce video news releases. ... No court has expressly disapproved the expenditure of public funds for VNRs," she said.
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