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Update Outdated Statutes Persons With Disabilities

Concerning updating statutory references to certain limited outdated terms relating to people with disabilities.
2017 Regular Session
State Government
Bill Summary

The bill updates certain limited terms in statute that refer to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities or physical disabilities using insensitive or outdated terminology.

The bill changes references as follows:

  • 'Mentally retarded', 'mentally deficient person', and 'mental deficiency' or 'mentally deficient' to ' a person with an intellectual and developmental disability';
  • 'Mental defect' to 'mental illness'; and
  • 'Physical defect' to 'physical disability'.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details