La. Senate agrees to change wording for disabled

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Posted: Jun 2, 2014 12:11 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to rewrite state laws to change the way Louisiana refers to people with disabilities.

A compromise version of the bill (House Bill 63) by Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, received final passage with a 37-0 Senate vote Monday.

The nearly 300-page measure will swap out words like "handicapped" with "impaired" and make other changes across hundreds of statutes. References to "mental retardation" will be replaced with "an intellectual disability."

The changes are supported by advocacy groups for the disabled.

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