Legal Status of official English in Colorado
Colorado allows referenda and voter initiatives to pass new statutes or to change the state’s constitution. In 1988, this state passed an amendment to their state constitution making English the state’s official language. 15.1 percent of this state’s residents speak a language other than English. The most common of these languages are Spanish, German, French, and Korean. The number of Coloradoans who speak little or no English has more than tripled since 1990.
In 2002, Colorado voters rejected an initiative to replace bilingual education with English immersion. Opponents spent more than $3 million on an ad campaign which they later acknowledged included false information.
Official English Law in Colorado
COLORADO CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE II, SECTION 30 (1988)
The English language is the official language of the State of Colorado. This section is self-executing; however, the General Assembly may enact laws to implement this section.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN COLORADO
|604,019||All languages other than English combined|
|421,670||Spanish or Spanish Creole|
|18,045||French (incl. Patois, Cajun)|
|2,753||Other Native North American languages|
|2,141||Portuguese or Portuguese Creole|