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Lawmakers send gender-neutral bill to governor

February 25, 2016

Legislators have approved replacing all the male pronouns in laws describing the duties of Indiana's statewide officeholders with gender-neutral terms.

State law repeatedly refers to "his" actions or "his" signature in detailing the responsibilities of officeholders such as the governor, attorney general, state schools superintendent or treasurer. The bill changes dozens of references to "he," ''his" and "him" to the office title.

The bill was co-sponsored by 22 of the 31 women serving in the 150-member General Assembly, according to The Times of Munster. The state Senate approved the bill unanimously Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.

Women currently fill five of the seven statewide offices.

State Auditor Suzanne Crouch said the change sends an empowering message to women.

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