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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3945        FILED ON: 1/13/2009

HOUSE  .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 176


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Tom Sannicandro


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act To eliminate the use of the word retardation from the general laws.






Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Katherine Clark

32nd Middlesex

Barbara A. L'Italien

18th Essex

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Matthew C. Patrick

3rd Barnstable

Robert L. Rice, Jr.

2nd Worcester

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

David P. Linsky

5th Middlesex

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Geraldo Alicea

6th Worcester

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Mary E. Grant

6th Essex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Katherine Clark

32nd Middlesex

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

SEE HOUSE, NO. 1899 OF 2007-2008.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand and Nine



An Act To eliminate the use of the word retardation from the general laws.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Massachusetts General Laws as appearing in the 2004 official edition are hereby amended by striking out the words “mental retardation” and replacing thereof with the words “developmental disabilities.”

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.


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