Bill proposed to make English Pennsylvania's official language

By WTAJ News , Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 03/25 2014 12:38PM

Updated 03/25 2014 06:35PM

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY – A representative from Butler County has introduced a bill to establish English as the state’s official language.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) said House Bill 2132 would not restrict anyone from learning or speaking in a foreign language, but would require all official acts of government be communicated in English.

Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) sees no problem in making English the official language.

"I think there comes a point where we all need to unite, call ourselves Americans. [We can] be proud of our heritage, but move forward with one common language, with our one common flag."

But Tor Michaels, Chief of Staff for Rep. Scott Conklin (D-Centre), believes legislation pertaining to jobs and the high heating bills should be looked at before this.

"We have other issues we have to be dealing with. And while this is important to some, I think there are a lot of other pressing issues before us that we should consider."

Metcalfe said making English the state’s official language would offer an incentive for immigrants to learn the language, and save taxpayers millions of dollars each year from not translating and printing forms, documents and publications into other languages.

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