Senate Bill 12 History
OTHER VERSIONS -
Senate Bill No. 12
(By Senator Edgell)
[Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary;
reported March 25, 2005.]
A BILL to amend the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §2-1-3, relating to
making English the official language of West Virginia.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §2-1-3, to read as
ARTICLE 1. COMMON LAW.
§2-1-3. English designated as official state language.
English is hereby designated as the official language of the
state of West Virginia. Except as provided by law, no state
agency or political subdivision shall be required to provide, and
no state agency or political subdivision shall be prohibited from
providing, any documents, information, literature or other
written materials in any language other than English.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to establish English as
the official language of West Virginia, provide that state
business be conducted in English, that official documents be
printed in English, that meetings be conducted in English, and to
provide exceptions and limitations.
This article is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.)