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Evers Signs First Bill as Wisconsin Governor

Gov. Tony Evers has signed his first bill as Wisconsin Governor. Gov. Tony Evers has signed his first bill as Wisconsin Governor. |  Photo: WDIO, File

Updated: April 30, 2019 10:00 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill into law that removes the term "mental retardation" from state agency rules and regulations.

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The measure is the first Evers has signed since becoming governor in January.

Evers was surrounded by supporters of the measure, including Republican lawmakers, for the bill signing ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

Evers says he is proud to sign the bill that makes administrative changes the reflect "shared values." He also previously signed an executive order designed to have the same effect, upsetting some Republicans who brought the bill.

Madison high school student Abigail Kaiser attended the signing ceremony and introduced Evers. She has Down Syndrome and says the law change is important because she doesn't like to be treated differently.

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