Houses Endorses Measure Requiring English for Official Proceedings

1 decade 7 months 4 weeks ago Friday, February 23 2007 Feb 23, 2007 Friday, February 23, 2007 1:56:22 PM CST February 23, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri House has tentatively approved a plan to require that official state proceedings be conducted in English. State law already makes English the "common language." Republican House member Brian Nieves says that doesn't go far enough, and the constitution must be changed to ensure that government decisions are not made in other languages. Democratic critics say the amendment could prevent court translators for people who don't speak English and bar other services such as printing documents in foreign languages. Supporters say the amendment would make English the official -- not the exclusive -- language of the state. The proposal needs another vote to move to the Senate. If it passes there, voters likely would consider it next year.

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