HB17-1046 - Update Outdated Statutes Persons With Disabilities

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning updating statutory references to certain limited outdated terms relating to people with disabilities.

The bill updates certain limited terms in statute that refer to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities or physical disabilities using insensitive or outdated terminology.

The bill changes references as follows:


  • 'Mentally retarded', 'mentally deficient person', and 'mental deficiency' or 'mentally deficient' to ' a person with an intellectual and developmental disability';
  • 'Mental defect' to 'mental illness'; and
  • 'Physical defect' to 'physical disability'.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: March 16, 2017
03/16/2017 - Governor Signed
03/14/2017 - Sent to the Governor
03/14/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
03/10/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/06/2017 - House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
02/23/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/22/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/16/2017 - Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/31/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
01/31/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
01/30/2017 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
01/26/2017 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 01/30/2017 - No Amendments
01/24/2017 - House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
01/11/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services