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House measure removing word 'lunatic' from federal law

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(CBS News) The word “lunatic” will be stricken from federal law under legislation that passed the House by a vote of 398-1 on Wednesday.

The congressional action is the most recent effort to eliminate language from the U.S. code that has become outdated or demeaning. Two years ago, Congress removed references in federal law to the term “mental retardation.”

The only “no” vote was cast by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.


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