Legal Status of official English in Oklahoma
In 2009 the Oklahoma House passed the revised version of H.J.R 1042 by a vote of 89-8. Oklahomans made their state the 31st state to adopt official English at the polls with 76% of the vote for a constitutional amendment passed on November 2, 2010.
Oklahoma Official English legislation
As English is the common and unifying language of the State of Oklahoma, all official actions of the state shall be conducted in the English language, except as required by federal law. No person shall have a cause of action against an agency or political subdivision of this state for failure to provide any official government actions in any language other than English. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to diminish or impair the use, study, development, or encouragement of any Native American language in any context or for any purpose. The legislature shall have the power to implement, enforce and determine the proper application of this Article by appropriate legislation.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN OKLAHOMA
|238,532||All languages other than English combined|
|141,060||Spanish or Spanish Creole|
|18,871||Other Native North American languages|
|8,258||French (incl. Patois, Cajun)|
|756||Portuguese or Portuguese Creole|