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Ohio House of Representatives Approves Official English Bill.

WASHINGTON -- The Ohio House of Representatives Ohio has a bicameral legislature, the Ohio General Assembly, consisting a House of Representatives and Senate (the Ohio State Senate), based on its constitution of 1851.

The House of Representatives first met in Chillicothe on March 3 1803, under the later superseded constitution
 voted today to make English the official language of the state. By a vote of 54-42, the House passed H.B. 477, marking the first time the Ohio House has approved an official English bill
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 since 1998. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Introduced by Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, the legislation would require the use of English in the majority of state affairs. Under H.B. 477, government agencies will be required to conduct official business and proceedings in English, helping to promote English learning among immigrants. The bill contains exemptions to comply with state and federal law, as well as to protect the health and safety of Ohio residents.

"As the number of Ohioans who struggle with English grows, the government must react swiftly to ensure that these newcomers are on the road to learning English and becoming Americans," said Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman of U.S. English, Inc. "H.B. 477 is sound government policy that will lead to the development of a more productive citizenry and reduce the likelihood of a permanent linguistic underclass."

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 and Wisconsin. A 2006 survey by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research found that 77 percent of Ohioans support making English the official language of the state, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

"Ohio residents have made it clear that they want state government to promote English learning among immigrants, not the permanent crutch crutch (kruch) a staff, ordinarily extending from the armpit to the ground, with a support for the hand and usually also for the arm or axilla; used to support the body in walking.

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 of perpetual multilingual assistance," added Mujica. "I want to applaud Representative Mecklenborg and the majority of the House of Representatives for reflecting that belief in their vote today and I look forward to quick consideration of this matter in the Senate."

U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations.  in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. has more than 1.8 million members nationwide.
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