(KMOV/AP)-- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation addressing several physical and mental disability issues.
The governor held a signing ceremony Tuesday at Paraquad Independent Living Center in St. Louis.
The legislation provides in part that a disability or disease doesn't automatically diminish an adult's parental rights or disqualify someone from being an adoptive or foster parent.
The new law requires that one out of every four disabled accessible parking spaces be “lift van accessible.” This means the space must have a 96” lane set aside next to it to provide room for the lift. Under the new law, even motorists who have disabled access tags for their cars can be fined if they park in a lift van accessible space.
The measure also replaces the term "mental retardation" in state law with "intellectual disability" or "developmental disability."
Disability legislation is HB555 and HB648
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