Bill Eliminates 'Mental Retardation' in State Law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Legislature has unanimously passed a bill that removes the term "mental retardation" from state law and replaces it with "intellectual disability."

The House on Tuesday voted 119-0 for the bill (SB 142) that was already unanimously passed by the Senate. The measure also replaces "mentally retarded" and "retarded" with "intellectually disabled."

The bill now goes to the governor to be signed into law.

The change would not affect the content or effect of any laws. Proponents of the bill have said the word "retarded" is outdated and has become offensive.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.


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