Bill Removing Hurtful Terms From State Law Passes
JEFFERSON CITY - A bill to remove offensive and outdated phrases such as "mentally retarded," "mental retardation" and "handicapped" from all state statutes won final legislation approval on Tuesday, May 10. The approved legislation was sent to Gov. Jay Nixon to be signed into law.
The measure, House Bill 648, passed without a dissenting vote in either the Senate or House of Representatives.
"Words matter and these terms are hurtful for those with disabilities, who have to work so much harder for the things most of us take for granted," State Representative Genise Monticello, D-St.Louis, said.
The bill substitues terms such as "developmentally disable," "developmental disability" and "disabled" for those removed from statute.