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HF 220

as introduced - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 01/28/2003

Current Version - as introduced

  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to state government; designating English as 
  1.3             the official language; proposing coding for new law in 
  1.4             Minnesota Statutes, chapter 1. 
  1.6      Section 1.  [1.55] [OFFICIAL STATE LANGUAGE.] 
  1.7      Subdivision 1.  [DESIGNATION.] English is the official 
  1.8   language of the state of Minnesota.  English is designated as 
  1.9   the language for use by the state and local governments, for 
  1.10  government officers and employees acting in the scope of their 
  1.11  employment, and for government documents and records. 
  1.12     Subd. 2.  [EXCEPTIONS.] The provisions of this section do 
  1.13  not apply: 
  1.14     (1) to instruction in foreign language courses; 
  1.15     (2) to instruction designed to aid students with limited 
  1.16  English in a timely transition and integration into the general 
  1.17  educational system; 
  1.18     (3) to the promotion of international commerce, tourism, 
  1.19  and sporting events; 
  1.20     (4) when determined to interfere with needs of the justice 
  1.21  system; 
  1.22     (5) when the public safety, health, or emergency services 
  1.23  require the use of other languages; provided that any 
  1.24  authorization for the use of languages other than English in 
  1.25  printing informational materials or publications for general 
  2.1   distribution shall be approved in a public proceeding by the 
  2.2   governing board or authority of the relevant state or local 
  2.3   government entity, and the decision shall be recorded in 
  2.4   publicly available minutes; and 
  2.5      (6) when expert testimony or witnesses may require a 
  2.6   language other than English; provided that for purposes of 
  2.7   deliberation, decision making, or record keeping, the official 
  2.8   version of the testimony or commentary must be the officially 
  2.9   translated English-language version. 
  2.10     Subd. 3.  [COSTS.] All costs related to the preparation, 
  2.11  translation, printing, and recording of documents, records, 
  2.12  brochures, pamphlets, flyers, or other informational materials 
  2.13  in languages other than English resulting from an exception in 
  2.14  subdivision 2 must be delineated as a separate budget line item 
  2.15  in the agency, departmental, or office budget. 
  2.16     Subd. 4.  [EMPLOYMENT.] No person shall be denied 
  2.17  employment with the state or with any political subdivision of 
  2.18  the state based solely upon that person's lack of facility in a 
  2.19  foreign language, except when related to bona fide job needs 
  2.20  reflected in the exceptions in subdivision 2. 
  2.21     Subd. 5.  [CONSTRUCTION.] This section shall not be 
  2.22  construed in any way to infringe on the rights of citizens under 
  2.23  the Minnesota Constitution or the United States Constitution in 
  2.24  the use of language in activities or functions conducted solely 
  2.25  in the private sector.  No agency or officer of the state or of 
  2.26  any political subdivision of the state shall place any 
  2.27  restrictions or requirements regarding language usage for 
  2.28  businesses operating in the private sector other than in 
  2.29  official documents, forms, submissions, or other communications 
  2.30  directed to government agencies and officers, which 
  2.31  communications shall be in English as required by this section. 
  2.32     Subd. 6.  [RIGHT OF ACTION.] Any citizen of the state has 
  2.33  standing to bring an action against the state to enforce this 
  2.34  section.  The district court has jurisdiction to hear and decide 
  2.35  actions brought under this section. 
  2.36     [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 
  3.1   following final enactment.