September 13, 2011, Introduced by Senators KAHN, GREEN, COLBECK, WALKER, BRANDENBURG, HANSEN and PAPPAGEORGE and referred to the Committee on Government Operations.




     A bill to designate English as the official state language; to


provide certain rights; and to provide the powers and duties of


certain state and local agencies and officials.




     Sec. 1. (1) English is designated as the official language of


this state.


     (2) Official actions of this state that bind or commit the


state or that give the appearance of presenting the official views


or position of the state shall be in the English language.


     (3) Except as provided in subsection (6), a law, ordinance,


decree, program, or policy of this state, or a political


subdivision of this state, shall not require the use of any


language other than English for any documents, regulations, orders,


transactions, proceedings, meetings, programs, or publications that


do any of the following:


     (a) Promote trade, commerce, and tourism.


     (b) Create or promote state or agency mottoes.


     (c) Inscribe public monuments.


     (4) A person who speaks only the English language shall be


eligible to participate in all programs, benefits, and


opportunities, including employment, provided by this state and its


political subdivisions, except when required to speak another


language as provided in subsection (6).


     (5) A law, ordinance, decree, program, or policy of this state


or a political subdivision of this state shall not penalize or


impair the rights, obligations, or opportunities available to any


person solely because a person speaks only the English language.


     (6) The state and the political subdivisions of this state may


use a language other than English for any of the following




     (a) To teach or encourage the learning of languages other than




     (b) To protect the public health or safety.


     (c) To teach English to those who are not fluent in the




     (d) To comply with the Native American languages act, 25 USC


2901 to 2906, the individuals with disabilities education act, 20


USC 1400 to 1482, or any other federal law.


     (e) To protect the rights of criminal defendants and victims


of crime.


     (f) To perform acts involving the customary use of a language


other than English.


     (g) To utilize terms of art or terms or phrases from other


languages which are commonly used in communications otherwise in