Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, pauses during an interview Monday at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Walsh angered nurses by commenting in a speech last week that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals, as she debated a Senate bill that would require uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for nurses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, pauses during an interview Monday at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Walsh angered nurses by commenting in a speech last week that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals, as she debated a Senate bill that would require uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for nurses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State lawmaker apologizes for nursing comments

Was concerned that rules in a proposed bill would be a hardship for small hospitals.

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