In a joint press release Governor Tony Evers said, "Today, I'm proud to say that promise [removing the state from the lawsuit] has been fulfilled". But Evers' order mandates all state agencies, not just the five covered in the bill, drop the term.
The state's 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday said his action was not invalidated by a later court ruling that put on hold a decision that allowed him to rescind the appointments.
"It's time for Republicans to stop blocking the will of the people and work with us to expand health care", Evers said.
The bill would immediately replace the phrase "mental retardation" and derivatives with "intellectual disability" in administrative code governing the state Public Service Commission, as well as the departments of Health Services, Children and Families, Safety and Professional Services, and Workforce Development.
Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, approved Wisconsin joining the lawsuit.
Evers angered the bill's Republican authors in March when he issued an executive order requiring all state agencies to remove "mental retardation" from their regulations, largely negating the need for the bill.
In a lame-duck legislative session called after the election but before Kaul and Evers took office, Republicans passed a law requiring the GOP-controlled Legislature to sign off before withdrawing from any lawsuit. The emails show Jagler sent out a message on January 22 to all legislators seeking co-sponsors. His position on the law was a key issue in the 2018 governor's race that Evers narrowly won. Zimmerman said they were hoping to wait but didn't want to "get jacked" by the Republican bill. The Assembly followed suit with another voice vote Tuesday afternoon. "So I think in the end it will be fine".