Bill Eliminates ‘Mental Retardation’ In State Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would remove the term “mental retardation” from state law and replace it with “intellectual disability.”

The Senate on Wednesday voted 32-0 for the bill (SB 142). The measure also would replace “mentally retarded” with “intellectually disabled.” An identical bill is in the House.

The change would not affect the content or effect of any laws. Proponents of the bill say the word “retarded” is outdated and has become offensive.

Forty-three states have already taken steps to remove the word “retarded” from their laws. President Obama signed a law in 2010 striking use of the term in federal policy.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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