The only time you hear the word "Retard" anymore is on middle-school playgrounds, bro-centric Internet message boards and, apparently, if you overheard someone reading Florida's state statutes. Phrases like "mental retardation," "mental retard" and "retard" are used frequently in numerous state laws despite the fact the phrase is considered outdated and, in many cases, offensive.
So, the state Senate today passed a bill that would remove the phrase and replace it with "intellectually disabled."
The bill passed 32-0. Imagine that? The entire Senate agreeing on something. No Republican even used the opportunity to rail against political correctness.
But don't be too proud of Florida. We're actually late in the game to making such a change.
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A total of 43 states have already passed laws replacing the term in their laws. In 2010, President Obama signed a law removing it from federal law.
A companion bill in the House has passed through several committees unanimously and is scheduled to come up before the full House.