During a legisative session for the state of W. Virgina, an amendment was inserted into an unrelated bill. It wasn't until days following the
legislation period that this amendment was realized to have been passed. There had been previous attempts in the past decade or so to pass a similar
bill. These attempts were unsuccessful.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) -- Two days after the end of the legislative session, state lawmakers are discovering something few were aware of:
They voted to make English the official language of West Virginia.
The language amendment was quietly inserted into a bill addressing the number of members that cities can appoint to boards of parks and recreation.
Among mundane details about record-keeping, the amendment adds the provision that "English shall be the official language of the State of West
Senate Majority Whip Billy Wayne Bailey successfully offered that change to House Bill 2782 amid a flurry of bills moving back and forth between the
House and Senate on Saturday, the last night of the 60-day legislative session.
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Personally, it doesn't affect me. I am an english speaking Michigander. I do think that if you are going to come to the US to live you should be able
to speak the language. However, the one thing I find disturbing is the fact that the bill was passed without knowledge of a majority of people. It is
also a bill that has been shot down in the past and now seems to only have been passed by sneaking it into another bill.