Missouri: Amendment 1 would make English official language for government meetings

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Oct 27 21:14:15 UTC 2008

Amendment 1 would make English official language for government meetings

Rep. Jerry Nolte, R-Gladstone, said the amendment is a pre-emptive
measure that will keep government transparent

JEFFERSON CITY — One of this year's Missouri ballot measures,
Constitutional Amendment 1, would make English the official language
of government proceedings but would leave translation services
unchanged. Opponents of the amendment contend it is unnecessary and
that it sends the message that Missouri does not welcome immigrants.
Proponents say it would cause no harm to immigrant groups and would
protect constituents by ensuring that citizens can understand
government proceedings. Under the language of the amendment, a
government proceeding includes any meeting, conference call, video
conference, Internet chat or message board where public business is


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