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La. Senate agrees to change wording for disabled

11 months ago June 02, 2014 Jun 2, 2014 Monday, June 02 2014 Monday, June 02, 2014 11:11:15 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

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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