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Article posted: 2/3/2013 5:46 PM

Washington state considers gender-neutral language bill

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Kyle Thiessen, the state of Washington's code reviser, looks at a shelf of pending legislation in his office at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state legislators are nearing the completion of a multiyear project to replace thousands of references to male-centric words in state law with gender-neutral terms.


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In Washington state, dairymen, freshmen and even penmanship could soon be things of the past. Over the past six years, state officials have engaged in the onerous task of changing the language used in the state's copious laws. That process is slated to draw to a close this year.
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