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Legislation proposed to limit obesity lawsuits

OLYMPIA - State Sen. Dale Brandland (R-Bellingham) has introduced legislation that would prevent food and beverage manufacturers from being held liable for obesity-related health problems.

"Unfortunately, it looks like the time for this type of legislation has come," Brandland said. "The litigious society in which we live seeks to place the blame for everything on someone else."

Brandland's proposal, Senate Bill 6601, has been referred to the Senate Judiciary, where it awaits further action.

4-H fun fair

set for Feb. 7

All Yakima County 4-H club members, as well as the public, are invited to a 4-H fun fair at the Waneta Grange on Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 5 p.m.

The purpose of the fair is to provide local residents family entertainment. The fair will include game and food booths, as well as an auction.

Proceeds raised from the event will be used to pay county assessments for all Lower Valley 4-Hers and will benefit the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo premium money fund for youth participants.

State disciplines health care professionals

Several Yakima Valley health care providers have been disciplined by the Washington State Department of Health.

Last month, in December, state officials indefinitely suspended the license of Jennifer A. Schwarz, a licensed practical nurse, because of charges that she called in prescriptions for herself using the name of a physician who did not authorize them.

Also last month, state officials denied the application of Lori L. Montez to practice as a nursing assistant, because she concealed a conviction of theft on her application. Sharon Ann Maher, a health care assistant living in the Yakima Valley, has also been charged by the state with unprofessional conduct, for allegedly failing to comply with the terms and conditions of a prior order.

In addition, state officials denied the application of Ruben Reyes to practice as a nursing assistant in Yakima County, because they say he concealed a conviction of domestic violence on his application.

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