A group of legislators are hoping to make English the official language of Michigan. There are 32 states with some form of official English legislation, and 18 states without any official English legislation on the books. See the full official English map here. ProEnglish supports official English efforts around the country.
Fox 2 Detroit has more on the official English bill in Michigan:
DETROIT (WJBK) – A group of eight representatives in the Michigan House want to make English the official state language and it’s being discussed today in a committee.
House Bill 4053 was introduced in mid January by Representatives Tom Barrett, Triston Cole, Aaron Miller, Gary Glenn, Lana Theis, Peter Lucido, Shane Hernandez and Lee Chatfield.
The bill would designate the official language of the state of Michigan as English and would require the use of English in certain documents and in certain public meetings, including official acts of the state.
If passed, the bill would not apply if it violates federal law.
Here’s a rundown of each representative, including what district they are from. Click their names for contact information.
Rep Tom Barrett, the original author of the bill, represents district 71 which includes parts of Grand Ledge, Charlotte, and Lansing.
Rep. Triston Cole represents parts of northern Michigan including Charlevoix and Gaylord in district 105.
Rep. Aaron Miller is in district 59 and covers Three Rivers and Sturgis.
Rep. Gary Glenn represents 98, including Midland and Pinconning.
Rep. Lana Theis represents district 42 including Brighton and rural areas of Livingston County.
Rep. Peter Lucido represents district 36 which includes Shelby Twp, Washington Twp, and Bruce Twp.
Rep. Shane Hernandez represents Port Huron, Croswell, Sandusky, and other rural areas in Sanilic County in district 83.
Rep. Lee Chatfield represents the eastern portion of the UP and as well as areas of northern Michigan including Harbor Springs in district 107.