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Nur la Angla en Arizona Usono

Nur la Angla en Arizona Usono

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San Francisco Chronicle
Nation
Thursday, December 8, 1994
Page A3, Column A
"English-Only Initiative Found Unconstitutional"
Associated Press

Arizona’s "official English" initiative, which requires
state and local governments to conduct virtually all
business in English, violates public employees’ freedom of
speech, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

At state may be entitled to promote unity by encouraging use
of a common language but cannot do it by outlawing other
languages, said the U.A. Court of Appeals in San Francisco
in a 30-to-0 ruling.

Judge Stephen Reinhardt said the initiative also interferes
with the ability of non-English speakers to receive
information and makes government less effective.

Attorney General Grant Woods said he does not plan to
appeal, although he will ask Governor Fife Symington whether
he wants to challenge the ruling.

The initiative’s sponsor, Arizonans for Official English,
will either seek a rehearing or appeal to the Supreme Court,
said the groups’s chairman, Robert Park.

The measure was approved in 1988 by 50.5 percent of the
voters but has never been enforced. Opponents sued the day
after the election in 1990, and U.S. District Judge Paul
Rosenblatt ruled the measure unconstitutional of free-speech
grounds.

The court said 17 other states have "official English" laws,
but they differ from Arizona’s in that they appear to be
mainly symbolic.

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