[lg policy] U.S.English Chairman Praises Introduction of Bill to Declare English the Official Language of New York State

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 16:08:52 UTC 2015


U.S.English Chairman Praises Introduction of Bill to Declare English the
Official Language of New York State

  WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jan 14, 2015) - U.S.English Chairman Mauro
E. Mujica today issued the following statement in response to the
introduction of a bill in the New York State Legislature which would
declare English the official language of the Empire State.

Senate Bill 1582, the New York State English Language Empowerment Act,
would also require that all official business of the state, including
documents, publications and meetings, occur in English. Introduced by State
Senator Michael Nozzolio, S. 1582 includes common sense exceptions allowing
for the government use of foreign languages in instances of public health
and safety, the teaching of foreign languages, judicial situations, trade
and commerce and more.

"It is past time for the New York State Legislature to take action on this
unifying legislation," Chairman Mujica said. "As one of just 19 states
without an official language policy, State Senator Nozzolio's bill aims to
unite all residents with the recognition of a common, shared language. With
more than 2.4 million New York residents considered limited English
proficient, the English Language Empowerment Act will add an extra
incentive for the state's non-English speakers to learn the language -- for
their own benefit. I commend Senator Nozzolio on his leadership and urge
the New York State Legislature's enactment of this bill."

The New York State English Language Empowerment Act has been referred to
the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, where it
awaits further consideration.

*U.S.English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan
citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the
English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen.
S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S.English, Inc. (www.usenglish.org
<http://www.usenglish.org/>) now has more than 2 million members.*
  Contact Information



*CONTACT: KARIN DAVENPORT (202) 833-0100*


*http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/usenglish-chairman-praises-introduction-bill-declare-english-official-language-new-york-1983013.htm
<http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/usenglish-chairman-praises-introduction-bill-declare-english-official-language-new-york-1983013.htm>*


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