The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote Tuesday morning. But Evers' order mandates all state agencies, not just the five covered in the bill, drop the term. "That's why I promised to stop spending Wisconsin taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit that would kick thousands of Wisconsinites off their healthcare and put the 2.4 million Wisconsinites who have a pre-existing condition at risk", Evers said in a press release. "We just feel the issue is important enough we need to move quickly".
The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that would remove the term "mental retardation" from five state agencies' administrative codes, even though Democratic Gov.
In a lame-duck legislative session called after the election but before Kaul and Evers took office, Republicans passed a law requiring the GOP-controlled Legislature to sign off before withdrawing from any lawsuit.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the decision will be immediately appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. United States, the Republican lawsuit that seeks to gut the Affordable Care Act. Evers last month issued an executive order that requires all state agencies to remove "mental retardation" and derivatives from their codes and replace it with "intellectual disability". Evers' spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff, emailed the governor's top aides a few hours later asking whether Evers could sign an executive order accomplishing the same thing.
Jagler and Fitzgerald have said they chose to press ahead with the proposal anyway because a state law mandating the terminology change is more permanent than an executive order.
"If you look at the open records request from Steineke, they did not have this issue on their radar until the co-sponsorship memo went out", Jagler said. "So I think in the end it will be fine".