La. Senate agrees to change wording for disabled
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.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
WATCH: Stoic employee hands over cash with gun in his face
WBRZ's traffic reporter Ashley Fruge' to dance for charity
WBRZ Crawfish Index: boiled price per pound lowest since Mardi Gras
Police responding to early morning shooting on Winnebago Street
Contractor calls out competition for taking credit for his work