Lawmaker Proposes English as Main Language in Pennsylvania

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State Representative Ryan Warner is part of a renewed effort to make English the official language of Pennsylvania. 

Representative Warner introduced the bill on Monday. 

 If passed, it would require all official acts of state and local governments, including government documents, to be printed in English.


     Representative Warner says the goal is to create a unified state and create a common means of communication.


     Leaders with the Dominican House in Hazleton say it could infringe on the rights of those who speak other languages.
 

  ” We believe that it’s a better opportunity to the Hispanic community to communicate if they translate the documents to receive the opportunity of equal for everybody.” said Victor Perez, the President of the Dominican House

    Lawmakers say the exception to the law includes promotion of international commerce and tourism; when public health, safety and justice requires usage of another language; and instruction in foreign language courses or for English as a second language classes.
 

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