PRINTER'S NO. 3251
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY METCALFE, BROOKS, EVERETT, C. HARRIS, HEFFLEY, HICKERNELL, KAUFFMAN, KNOWLES, KRIEGER, MALONEY, MCGINNIS, R. MILLER, SANKEY, SAYLOR, SONNEY, SWANGER AND TALLMAN, MARCH 25, 2014
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, MARCH 25, 2014
6Section 1. Short title.
9Section 2. Legislative findings.
10The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:
1(4) A knowledge of the common language is essential to
2full exercise of constitutional freedoms, informed and
3knowledgeable empowerment as voters, citizen checks against
4government abuses and individual prosperity and independence.
10(7) Government has a fiduciary responsibility to the
11citizenry to ensure that it operates as efficiently as
12possible, and the growth of multiple language bureaucracies
13and printing represents an abrogation of this fiduciary
18Section 3. Purpose.
22(b) Rights preserved.--This act shall not be construed in
23any way to infringe on the rights of citizens, who have every
24right to choose their own primary language, in the use of
25language for private conduct, nor shall this act be used to
26dictate language policies for the operation and administration
27of organizations or businesses in the unregulated private
29Section 4. Definitions.
30The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
3"Official acts of government." Any of the following:
6(2) Official documents recorded and maintained by the
7Commonwealth and its political subdivisions for the public
8domain, including tax records, professional licenses, deeds,
9real estate records, publicly probated wills and other
10documents of the court systems and public proceedings of the
11governing bodies of the Commonwealth and its political
13Section 5. Designation of language of official acts.
17Section 6. Policies.
18The Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall make no
19policies expressing a preference for any language other than
20English or diminishing or ignoring the unifying role of English
21as designated in this act, subject to the limitations in section
23Section 7. Enforcement.
24Elected and appointed officers of the Commonwealth and its
25political subdivisions shall take all reasonable steps to ensure
26that the role of English as the official language is preserved
28Section 8. Limitations.
29The provisions of this act shall not apply to the following:
30(1) When Federal law imposes contrary provisions.
3(3) Instruction in foreign language courses.
7(5) The promotion of international commerce or tourism.
13(8) Unofficial communications, through any medium,
14between a person and a member of the General Assembly or any
15officer or agent of the Commonwealth and its political
16subdivisions, as long as official acts of government are
17performed in English.
18Section 9. Restrictions on use of appropriated funds.
19No appropriation of the General Assembly may be expended to
20promote the use of or demonstrate a preference for any language
21other than the official language, subject to the limitations in
23Section 20. Effective date.
24This act shall take effect in 90 days.