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English as Pa.'s Official Language?



    English as the Official Language

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a bill to make English the official language for the Keystone state. (Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014)

    English as Pennsylvania's official language? 

    It could happen.

    Pa. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) introduced a bill, House Bill 2132, this week to establish English as Pennsylvania's official language.

    Metcalfe, a conservative Republican, says the bill would not restrict anyone from speaking or learning in another language, but would require that all official government business in Pennsylvania be conducted in English. 

    The proposed legistlation is designed to not only motivate immigrants to learn English, thus providing a more unified country, but also to save taxpayers millions, according to Metcalfe. 

    The state representative says that the passing of this bill would save taxpayers money because they would no longer be forced to pay for translating or printing in other languages.

    There are exceptions to House Bill 2132 which include the use of foreign language in regards to "public safety, health or justice."

    If passed, Pennsylania will become the 32nd state in the nation to pass such a law.

    To read the bill in its entirety, click here.