Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Pennsylvania entering the fray over "offical language"??

Apparently our state legislators, fresh from the great reception of their pay-hike attempt, are now wading into another controversial and doomed effort: establishing English as the state's official language. I didn't hear anything about this, although it was apparently scheduled for a vote last week (then delayed). The ACLU points out that similar laws in other states have been found unconsitutional, so it's extremely unlikely that such a measure would find a different fate here, and meantime it would make immigrants feel unwelcome, cost taxpayers thousands in court costs, and threaten attempts to improve civic participation and community safety. Did I miss the crisis of English's sudden unpopularity?! Or is somebody trying to whip their supporters into a frenzy just before an election? too weird...

(via Philadelphia Will Do)


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