Lawmakers push to make English official language of PA

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Push to Make English State's Official Language


Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are pushing to make English the official language of the Commonwealth.

On Monday morning, Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will hold a public hearing at the Capitol focusing on House Bill 1506.

Metcalfe along with Representative Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) say this legislation would help encourage more people to learn English and create a sense of unity among the state.

Under House Bill 1506, state and local governments would be required to record all official records in English.

This includes real estate records, public wills, tax records as well as other documents of the court system.

It would also stop the government from using taxpayer dollars for any other language.

There are some exceptions though; the bill would allow other languages to be used to promote international commerce or tourism as well as in the interest of public health, safety and justice.

At Monday's hearing there will be several guest speakers which include Robert Vandervoort, ProEnglish; Jan Ting, Temple University; Andy Hoover, ACLU of Pennsylvania; and Matthew Shuman, U.S. English Inc.

Representative Warner will also be addressing the committee regarding House Bill 1506.

No votes have been scheduled at this time, however, more than 20 Representatives have signed on, bringing bipartisan support.

If passed, Pennsylvania would become the 32nd state to have English as the official language.

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