Legal Status of official English in Missouri
In 2008, Missouri’s voters passed an amendment to the state constitution by a landslide vote of 86.3%.
Missouri’s Official English Constitutional Amendment
Section 34. That English shall be the language of all official proceedings in this state.
Section A. Article I, Constitution of Missouri, is amended by adding thereto one new section, known as section 34, which reads:
Section 34. That English shall be the language of all official proceedings in this state. Official proceedings shall be limited to any meeting of a public governmental body at which any public business is discussed, decided, or public policy formulated, whether such meeting is conducted in person or by means of communication equipment, including, but not limited to, conference call, video conference, Internet chat, or Internet message board. The term “official proceeding” shall not include an informal gathering of members of a public governmental body for ministerial or social purposes, but the term shall include a public vote of all or a majority of the members of a public governmental body, by electronic communication or any other means, conducted in lieu of holding an official proceeding with the members of the public governmental body gathered at one location in order to conduct public business.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN MISSOURI
|264,281||All languages other than English combined|
|110,752||Spanish or Spanish Creole|
|19,547||French (incl. Patois, Cajun)|
|1,259||Portuguese or Portuguese Creole|
|1,238||Other Native North American languages|