Jones’ bill signed removing ‘R-word’ from state statute

LANSING—State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, joins children with disabilities as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signs legislation to preserve the dignity of residents with developmental disabilities by removing the terms “mentally retarded” and “mental retardation” from state law.

“My son, who is now 33, has a developmental disability, and I witnessed his treatment as he grew up,” Jones said. “I’m very happy we are taking the ‘R-word’ out of Michigan law because the state needs to set an example. As a member of the state board of Special Olympics Michigan, I know that teaching Michigan youth to stop using the R-word is a wonderful goal.”

Jones’ measure was Senate Bill 808. Multiple bills were needed because the “R-word” was used 17 times in Michigan law.


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