Legislature moves to delete 'retarded' from laws

Michigan lawmakers are looking to remove the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from state law.
AP Wire
Mar 5, 2014

The legislation in Lansing incorporates some recent recommendations from a mental health commission appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The bipartisan bills would strike references to outdated language such as "retarded" from various statutes, and instead use terms such as "developmentally disabled" or "intellectually disabled."

Special Olympics Michigan has said Michigan is among just a handful of states to not have already passed such legislation.

A Senate panel last week approved bills to delete the "R word" from laws. They're now pending in the full Senate. A House committee passed similar bills Tuesday.

Comments

justme

Soon we wont be able to talk anymore because anything you say will be offensive, what a bunch of retards!

LessThanAmused

That's just retarded.

rukidding

They want the term removed because they have been informed that when the general public speaks of them it is with those sentiments.

LessThanAmused

lol! exactly!

Wolverine49457

We are itching for a vote to remove legislators from any party because their representation is retarded compared to their constituents.

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