Marleau bill removing derogatory language now law

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed legislation on Thursday updating state law by removing outdated language now considered offensive when referring to children with disabilities, said bill sponsor Sen. Jim Marleau.

“This new law reflects the diversity and strengths of all of our children,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “Removing the outdated language was long overdue.”

Marleau’s measure, Senate Bill 113 (now Public Act 93 of 2015), is part of a six-bill, bipartisan package of Senate and House bills that remove all offensive references to “crippled children” from state law.

The references in law will now be described as “children or youth with special health care needs.”

The bills are now Public Acts 89 – 94.