- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A proposal to modernize the ubiquitous handicapped symbol that marks parking spaces, building entrances and restrooms in Connecticut is heading to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 33-3 in favor of a bill that requires the Department of Administrative Services to come up with regulations designating an updated symbol of access for people with disabilities. That symbol must depict a dynamic figure leaning forward with a sense of movement.

The updated signs would be used when old signs must be replaced.

Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., a disability rights attorney, urged support of the bill, saying “symbols are very important” in changing people’s minds about others with disabilities.

Several lawmakers opposed the bill, voicing concerns of some disability rights activists offended by the proposed change.

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