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General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2009

LCO No. 6099

   
 

*HB0653406099HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. PISCOPO, 76th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 6534

File No. 555

Cal. No. 378

In line 57, strike "a language understood by the employee who signed it" and insert "the official language of the state as defined in section 501 of this act" in lieu thereof

In line 177, strike "a language understood" and insert "the official language of the state as defined in section 501 of this act." in lieu thereof

In line 178, strike "by the employee who signed it."

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) The English language shall be the official language of the state. Neither the state nor any political subdivision of the state shall require by statute, ordinance, regulation, order, program or policy the use in the state of any language other than English. Governmental officials and employees shall be bound by the provisions of this section during the performance of government business. No governmental document shall be valid, effective or enforceable unless it is printed in the English language. The state and all political subdivisions of the state shall take all reasonable steps to preserve, protect and enhance the role of the English language as the official language of the state. Notwithstanding any provision of this section, the state and political subdivisions of the state may act in a language other than English (1) to assist students who are not proficient in the English language by providing educational instruction in languages other than English to provide a rapid as possible transition to English, (2) to provide foreign language instruction as part of a required or voluntary education curriculum, (3) to allow for Latin on the state seal and on government documents, (4) to allow legislators to communicate with constituents in languages other than English, (5) to comply with federal laws, (6) to protect public health and safety, and (7) to protect the rights of criminal defendants or victims of crime. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the printing of proper names. "