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H.F. No. 487, 2nd Engrossment - 84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)   Posted on Mar 07, 2005


  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to state government; changing terminology for 
  1.3             mentally retarded, mental retardation, physically 
  1.4             handicapped, and similar terms. 
  1.5   BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
  1.6      Section 1.  [REVISOR INSTRUCTION.] 
  1.7      (a) The revisor of statutes shall change the terms in 
  1.8   column A to the terms in column B, wherever they appear in 
  1.9   Minnesota Statutes, 
  1.10           Column A                     Column B
  1.11      "mental retardation"       "developmental disability" 
  1.12      "mental retardation or     "developmental disability"
  1.13      a related condition";      
  1.14      "mental retardation        
  1.15      and related condition"     
  1.16      "mentally retarded"        "developmentally disabled"
  1.17      "handicapped persons"      "disabled persons"
  1.18      "handicapped children"     "disabled children" or
  1.19                                 "children with disabilities,"
  1.20                                 whichever term is most appropriate
  1.21                                 in the context of the sentence
  1.22      "handicapped dependents"   "disabled dependents"
  1.23      "handicapped"              "disabled," "disability," or
  1.24                                 "people with disabilities,"
  1.25                                 whichever term is most appropriate
  2.1                                  in the context of the sentence
  2.2       "handicaps"                "disabilities"
  2.3       "idiots"                   "developmentally disabled"
  2.4      (b) Where the terms in column B are substituted in statute, 
  2.5   insert "person" or "people" if not already used in the existing 
  2.6   sentence structure. 
  2.7      Sec. 2.  [MINNESOTA RULES.] 
  2.8      The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, in 
  2.9   consultation with the Department of Administration and the 
  2.10  Department of Human Services, shall review Minnesota Rules and 
  2.11  provide to the revisor of statutes a list of Minnesota Rules 
  2.12  containing outdated language specified in section 1 and the 
  2.13  appropriate terminology changes that must be made in each of the 
  2.14  rules.  The revisor of statutes shall make the indicated changes 
  2.15  in Minnesota Rules. 
  2.16     Sec. 3.  [STATE AGENCIES.] 
  2.17     State agencies shall use the terminology changes specified 
  2.18  in section 1 when printed material and signage are replaced and 
  2.19  new printed material and signage are obtained.  State agencies 
  2.20  do not have to replace existing printed material and signage to 
  2.21  comply with sections 1 and 2.  Language changes made according 
  2.22  to sections 1 and 2 shall not expand or exclude eligibility to 
  2.23  services.