From the ECS State Policy Database
Instructional Approaches--Official English

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State Status/Date Level Summary
KSSigned into law 05/2007P-12
Community College
Official English
H.B. 2140
Designates English as the official language of the state. Provides any official public document or record and any official public meeting must be in English. Authorizes an agency or subdivision to publish a document in a language other than English as long as ...

IDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Official State Language
S.B. 1172
Amends existing law to declare English to be the official state language. Provides that English is the sole language of government, subject to exceptions. Provides that specified actions must be in English, subject to exceptions.

Requires all state funds appr...

HIVetoed 06/2002P-12Hawaii Commission on Language Access
S.B. 2568
Establishes a commission on language access. Requires the commission to develop and implement systems by which limited English speaking persons can access services, activities, and programs within each department.

IASigned into law 03/2002P-12Iowa English Language Reaffirmation Act of 2001
S.B. 165
Enacts the Iowa English Language Reaffirmation Act of 2001; declares that English is the official language of the state ; requires all state and local official government business to be conducted in English with certain exceptions....

UTUnofficially approved by voters 11/2000P-12
V. 1 English Only
INITIATIVE A Declares English as Utah's official and sole language for state and local government documents and action; exempts those documents and actions required by the United States and Utah constitutions, federal law and regulations, law enforcement, publ...