Should Pennsylvania have an official language? And should it be English?
At least one state representative thinks so. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th) has introduced a bill in the state House of Representatives that would establish English as the official language of Pennsylvania.
“Time and time again, history has demonstrated that the English language is one of the strongest and most fundamental ties uniting all American citizens,” Metcalfe said. “Pennsylvania taxpayers simply cannot afford, and should not continue to be required, to foot the bill for government translating and printing infinite amounts of forms, documents and publications in many languages other than English.”
Metcalfe’s bill would not preclude anyone from learning or speaking any other language, but would require that all official state and local government business be conducted in English. That would include all printed official documents.
“Making English the official language of Pennsylvania offers a powerful incentive for immigrants to learn English,” Metcalfe said.
Some 31 states have established English as their official language, making Pennsylvania one of only 19 states that does not have an official language.
House Bill 2132 will next head to the House State Government Committee for consideration.
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