BOISE (AP) - Words like "lunatic," "idiot" and "retarded" that were once common medical terms but are now considered demeaning are no longer part of Idaho code.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a bill Tuesday that gets rid of those words in 73 different Idaho laws, some dating back to 1908.
Otter said words that criticize people with disabilities are as hurtful as racial slurs.
The law replaces phrases like "mentally retarded" with "intellectually disabled."
Disability rights advocates in Idaho say changing the way the government addresses people with dis-abilities sends the message that the language is inappropriate, especially to young people who use the word "retarded" as slang to insult others.
Several other states, including Washington and Oregon, have enacted similar laws.