Official English Bill Advances in Texas Legislature

A Texas legislative committee has approved a measure that calls for all government business to be conducted only in English. 

The approval by the House State Affairs Committee paves the way for the bill to move to the full House for a vote.

The measure passed the committee late Thursday on 7-3 vote along party lines.

State Rep. Leo Berman authored the bill, which the Legislature has repeatedly debated in the past. The bill declares that the traditional and common language of the United States and Texas is English. It goes on to say that knowledge of the common language is essential to exercising constitutional rights.

Opponents argue that the law would hurt citizens who don't speak English and ignore Texas' Spanish-language history.

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This is based on a story by The Associated Press.

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