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AZ House passes bill to remove words 'handicapped', 'disabled'

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Tucson lawmaker is looking to change the way the state addresses people with disabilities.

The bill introduced by Rep. Stefanie Mach, D-Tucson, would replace the words "handicapped and "disabled person" from state materials.

The House unanimously passed HB 2667 on Thursday.

The new language, "person or persons with disabilities" will also be on materials the state produces in the future, including parking signs.

Mach survived a car crash in 1997 that caused her multiple injuries and the loss of an arm.

"My bill changes the archaic and offensive words in statute and allows for people with disabilities to be seen as people who happen to have a physical or mental impairment, as opposed to being fully incompetent," Mach said in a statement Friday.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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