Lois Fink, a Washington state woman with Crohn's disease, provided Rep. Marko Liias with some background information on problems inflammatory bowel disease patients face with diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues to encourage legislative action. Liias introduced a bill that would force retailers to open up private bathrooms to patients with IBD, irritable bowel syndrome and those who have an ostomy. The legislation currently is working its way through the state Senate.

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