H. B. 2805
(By Delegates Overington, Carmichael, Walters,
J. Miller, Cowles, Duke, Sobonya,
Rowan and Sumner)
[Introduced January 11, 2012
; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §2-2-13, relating to protecting government from the expense of conducting activities and providing papers and documents in multiple languages.
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 §2-2-13, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. LEGAL HOLIDAYS; SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAYS; CONSTRUCTION OF STATUTES; DEFINITIONS; LANGUAGE.
§2-2-13. Activities and records of the government to be in English.
(a) The government shall conduct all activities in English unless use of another language is required to provide constitutional protections or is required for activities related to the teaching of a foreign language.
(b) All official papers, records and documents produced or used by the state, including ballots and other election materials, must be in English, unless the papers or documents in another language may be kept for historical or cultural purposes.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to insure that government agencies will not have to bear the expense of conducting activities and preparing and storing documents in multiple languages.
§2-2-13 is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.