‘R Word’ to be removed from Michigan Government

LANSING- Legislation that removes the “retarded” from any Michigan law is working its way through the Michigan Legislature, said state Sen. Rick Jones who sponsored one of the bills.

“As a board members and advocate for the Special Olympics I am passionate about helping those with special needs,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Retard is an offensive and insensitive word that has no place in our laws or government.”

The seven bill package has been introduced, and is currently in the Senate awaiting a vote.

“It really is horrible this archaic word still exists in our laws today,” Jones said. “This is a common sense bill that I hope receives unanimous support in both chambers.”