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Gov. Signs Several Bills into Law

Gov. Signs Several Bills into Law

Posted - Mar. 29, 2004 at 4:20 p.m.



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Richard Piatt ReportingNot many of the Legislature's bills got signed into law with a lot of fanfare, but this morning a few did - including one to keep you from suing your favorite burger joint for making you fat.

Keep track of your own chili-cheese fry habit, that's the idea behind a prohibition on obesity lawsuits. A ceremonial signing today for the Governor; at the same time another bill continues to haunt her.

Fatty food goes down the hatch way too easily for a lot of people. But if your waistline grows at the same rate your health declines, don't blame the people serving the stuff up. Governor Walker signed away your ability to even sue for obesity--a bill originally sponsored by Senator Howard Stephenson.

Sen. Howard Stephenson, (R) Draper: “It’s not rocket science to know what healthy eating is in today’s world.”

In fact, we found there isn't a lot of sympathy for those lawsuits anyway.

Marty Curtis, Fast Food Eater: “I don’t think that’s a reason to go and sue anyone. It’s your own choice, your own decision.”

Rachel Thompson, Fast Food Eater: “We shouldn’t have to pay for it if they become fat over it.”

The Governor signed a half dozen ceremonial bills today, but is still answering to one bill she vetoed. The bill was tuition tax credits for children with disabilities. At an autism-specialty school today the Governor explained her veto---well aware that she is angering supporters of parental choice in education. Those parents pay $21,000 dollars a year to educate their autistic children at the Pingree School. Today she promised to get them help for that tuition, if she has to raise it herself.

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