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Senate Votes In Favor of Bill Requiring Business Done in English

West Virginia state business would have to be done in English under a bill that’s headed to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Senators voted 27-6 Thursday, sending Tomblin the bill for his approval or disapproval.

It would require using English in official records, documents, rules, orders and publications. Official programs, meetings, transactions and actions would also have to be in English.

It would apply to state and local governments.

Some exceptions would exist. Other languages could be used to protect public health and safety, promote commerce, teach or study other languages, comply with federal disabilities law, protect the rights of criminal defendants or victims, use proper names or legal terms, or comply with the state or U.S. Constitution.

It doesn’t apply to officials who are campaigning or aiding constituents.