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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Senate has unanimously approved a measure that is the final installment of a multi-year effort to remove male-dominated language from the state code.

If signed into law, penmanship will soon be handwriting, `freshmen will be first-year students and watchmen will become security guards.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says about half of all U.S. states have moved toward such gender-neutral language at varying levels, from drafting bills to changing state constitutions.

Florida and Minnesota have already completely revised their laws as Washington state is doing.

The gender-neutral measure was passed Friday in the Senate and goes next to the House.

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