2013-2014 State Legislation
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HB 2283 would help enforce AZ's official English law by requiring any publication or document, other than voting material, issued to the public by a state agency to be in English and requires the non-English version to only be issued online and maintained in print at the state agency office. Status: Passed out of House committee, awaiting floor action.
No specific stand-alone bill, but in April, the Republican-controlled Senate inserted language into a must-pass elections bill before it went to the Senate floor to limit foreign-language interpreters at the polls. The effort, which Republicans keep quiet for months, began after it was suspected that poll interpreters were helping cast ballots on Election Day in Democrat-heavy North Miami. The bill passed by a party-line voice vote.
HB 475 requires the state of GA to recognize driver's licenses issued by foreign territories in a reciprocity agreement. Status: Passed, signed by Governor.
HB 789 and SB 715, bills that would repeal existing state law requiring applicants for a driver's license to provide proof of legal status in the U.S. SB 715 was passed through the Senate and the House. Rep. Kathy Szeliga (Baltimore, Harford) offered the English amendment, but it failed by a vote of 43 to 86. The Assembly also managed to defeat twelve other amendments that could have improved this disastrous bill. ProEnglish supported the Szeliga amendment, but opposed the overall bill.
HB 4372 would make English the official language of the state. The bill was introduced by Rep. Pettalia and is awaiting action in committee. Currently, there is no Senate counterpart.
HB 593/S 900 requires that driver's license written and oral portions of the exams are administered in no languages other than English. Status: Scheduled for hearings, rolled.
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