New proposed bill would encourage Hoosiers to promote English language

Posted at 2:22 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 08:04:46-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- A proposed bill in the Indiana State Senate would encourage Hoosiers to promote the use of English, the state's official language.

SB 103, sponsored by Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) would add more weight to the currently existing law that English is Indiana's official language. 

English was made the state's official language in 1984, but there are no other notes to the law -- it simply states, "The English language is adopted as the official language of the state of Indiana."

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Delph's proposal would encourage Hoosiers to promote the use of the English language by all Indiana residents. It would also encourage Hoosiers who are bilingual to reach out to those who don't speak English and encourage them to use it. 

It would also mandate that English be used for every public record, public meeting and for official acts of the state of Indiana, given that it wouldn't conflict with federal law or deny somebody their Constitutional rights.

Click here to read the full proposal. 

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