Celebrating Bills Removing Offensive Language from Law

Janine Chittenden, Child Health Team Supervisor of CSHCS for the Ottawa Department of Public Health; Chris Buczek, Public Health Program Supervisor for CSHCS with the Kent County Health Department; and MCMCH Executive Director Amy Zaagman attended the ceremonial bill signing this week with Governor Rick Snyder to celebrate the passage of bills to update language in a number of Michigan statutes by removing references to “crippled children.”

The House Bills 4203, 4204, 4205 and Senate Bills 112, 113 and 114, sponsored by State Representatives Mike Callton, Joe Graves and Andy Schor and State Senators Curtis Hertel, Jim Marleau and Margaret O’Brien, respectively, removed all offensive references to “crippled children” from state law. The references in law will now be described as “children or youth with special health care needs”

The bills are now Public Acts 89-94 of 2015.

One of the bills, HB 4205 sponsored by Representative Schor (D-Lansing), also modernizes the section of the Public Health Code that recognizes the Children’s Special Health Care Services Program.

“It truly was an honor to update the Public Health Code statutes language and special to witness Governor Rick Snyder signing the bills, said Janine Chittenden, Child Health Team Supervisor of CSHCS for the Ottawa Department of Public Health.

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Chittenden, Buczek and Zaagman (from left to right in picture) serve as members of the CSHCS Advisory Committee.

Submitted by
Kristina Wieghmink, Ottawa County Department of Public Health

 

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