NYS's "politically correct language" is vetoed
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Bapopik at AOL.COM
Sun Aug 21 04:44:43 UTC 2005
This was a pretty dumb bill; it's amazing that stuff like this got
legislated in the first place. The legislators in Albany probably never even read the
bill before passage. (Unfortunately, that's how stuff gets done in Albany.
Only three people usually read it.)
It's not that people shouldn't be sensitive, but really, legislating what
words can be used?
Pataki Rejects Bill Regulating Language of Public Documents
By _AL BAKER_ (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=AL
Published: August 20, 2005
ALBANY, Aug. 19 - Striking a blow against a call for "politically correct"
language in public documents, Gov. George E. Pataki vetoed a bill this week
that would have switched the designation of "autistics" to "people with autism,"
among other changes for the ways to describe individuals with disabilities.
In doing so, the three-term Republican governor rejected an idea backed
overwhelmingly by Democrats and his fellow Republicans: the bill passed
unanimously in the Republican-led State Senate in June and passed by a 144 to 1 tally
in the Democrat-led Assembly.
Pataki vetoes bill that mandates politically correct language in laws
By The Associated Press
Saturday, August 20, 2005 12:28 AM EDT
ALBANY - Call this bill "legislatively challenged."
Gov. George Pataki on Friday vetoed a measure passed by the Legislature that
would have required the use of politically correct terminology in new state
and local laws, regulations and charters when referring to people with
Assembly sponsor Harvey Weisenberg, a Nassau County Democrat, said in a memo
supporting the bill that "certain terms currently used diminish the humanity
of individuals with disabilities, creating an invisible barrier that
excludes these individuals from being viewed as equal members of the community."
The bill would have required the use of terminology that puts the person
before the disability. For example, those termed disabled would instead be
called "people with disabilities." The mentally ill would instead be called
"people with mental illness."
"By using the correct language in legislation, New York state lawmakers can
make a positive impact on how people with disabilities are perceived by
society," Weisenberg wrote.
Pataki, a Republican eyeing a possible 2008 run for president, said that
while he commended the sponsors for trying to ensure that all people are treated
with dignity and respect, he couldn't approve the measure because it
establishes standards that are "vague and subjective."
He said that language deemed acceptable today could in the future be
considered offensive and that even people with the same disability can disagree over
which term to use.
"Respect, sensitivity and courtesy must be the product of our ongoing
efforts, not a code of politically correct terminology," the governor said in his
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