The word 'retarded' will be removed from Michigan laws on Friday

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - A word that's been on the books of many Michigan laws for years is set to be removed on Friday.

The term 'retarded' will get taken out of state laws.

Michigan's Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley will sign the new legislation today.

Earlier this month, both the state Senate and House voted to make the change.

"Retarded' is used 15 times in different state laws, ranging from mental health institutions to criminal activity.

The term 'developmental disability' will replace it.

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