Michigan House, Senate approve bills removing 'retarded' from laws

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING The terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" will be removed from state laws under legislation being sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The bills incorporate a recent recommendation from a mental health commission appointed by Snyder. The bipartisan legislation strikes references to outdated language from various statutes and replaces them with terms such as "developmentally disabled" or "intellectually disabled."

The legislation unanimously passed the House and Senate this month and was approved by the Senate for delivery to Snyder Tuesday.

Democratic bill sponsor Sen. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor says it's "a fundamental first step" toward "ensuring everyone in our state is treated with the dignity and the respect they deserve."

Earlier this afternoon, hundreds of members from the Michiana community met at Century Center for the Logan Nose-On Luncheon. Among the topics discussed was the continuing use of the word "retarded" among youth and the pain that it can inflict on those with mental handicaps.


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