Jagler, Fitzgerald Applaud Removal Of ‘R’ Word From Administrative Code

(Juneau) Two Republicans from the Dodge County-area are pleased that their bill to remove sensitive wording from state administrative code has garnered support from the governor. John Jagler of Watertown and Senator Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau are seeking to replace the “r-word” with the phrase “intellectual disability.” Governor Tony Evers this week signed an executive order that directs each state agency to review and submit a timetable to change the wording in less than 90 days. In a joint statement, Jagler and Fitzgerald say they are glad that the governor decided to follow the Legislature’s lead on this issue in eliminating offensive language. They say that this is a good start but ridding administrative code with this type of language needs a permanent legislative fix. Both add that they look forward to sending their bill to the governor’s desk and it being signed into law.