Lino Lakes council member wants Engli...

Lino Lakes council member wants English-only measure

There are 42 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 23, 2010, titled Lino Lakes council member wants English-only measure. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A city official in one Twin Cities suburb wants an English-only declaration that he says will save on city printing costs.

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Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#45 Jun 25, 2010
DFL Donald wrote:
<quoted text> OK you are correct. There are however 31 states that have English as the official language. Alabama (1990)
Alaska (1998)
Arizona (2006)
Arkansas (1987)
California (1986)
Colorado (1988)
Florida (1988)
Georgia (1986 & 1996)
Hawaii (1978)
Idaho (2007)
Illinois (1969)
Indiana (1984)
Iowa (2002)
Kansas (2007)
Kentucky (1984) Louisiana (1812)
Massachusetts (1975)
Mississippi (1987)
Missouri (1998 & 2008)
Montana (1995)
Nebraska (1920)
New Hampshire (1995)
North Carolina (1987)
North Dakota (1987)
South Carolina (1987)
South Dakota (1995)
Tennessee (1984)
Utah (2000)
Virginia (1981 & 1996)
Wyoming (1996)
Oklahoma voters will decide whether to make English the official language of the state on November 2, 2010.
It's too bad Minnesota isn't on that list but with the DFL in control of the legislature it won't happen.
Billy BigRigger

Plymouth, MN

#46 Jun 25, 2010
What is Official English?

Declaring English the official language means that official government business at all levels must be conducted solely in English. This includes all public documents, records, legislation and regulations, as well as hearings, official ceremonies and public meetings.

Official English legislation contains common-sense exceptions permitting the use of languages other than English for such things as public health and safety services, judicial proceedings, foreign language instruction and the promotion of tourism.

In 1996, U.S.ENGLISH was instrumental in passing H.R. 123, "The Bill Emerson English Language Empowerment Act of 1996." That bill, making English the official language of the U.S. government, passed in the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 259-169. Unfortunately, the Senate did not act on the bill before the end of the session. Currently, U.S.ENGLISH is working with Rep. Steve King of Iowa to help pass an official English bill in the 110th Congress. H.R. 997 is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Thirty states have some form of official English law. Most recently, Kansas and Idaho passed official English legislation in 2007. U.S.ENGLISH is currently working in several states to pass measures that will enact new official English bills or strengthen existing legislation.

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