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2017 House Bill 4053: Establish English as official state language
Introduced by Rep. Tom Barrett (R) on January 18, 2017
To establish English as the official state language. This would apply to government activities, but not to private sector activity. It would require governmental documents, records, meetings, actions, or policies to be in English, but would not prohibit them from also being in another language.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on January 18, 2017
Reported in the House on December 13, 2017
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on February 22, 2018
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that makes English the state's "principal" language for the functions specified in the bill (public records, meetings, official functions and acts). Also, to permit a public body from using languages in addition to using English for the purposes specified above.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Erika Geiss (D) on February 22, 2018
To establish the metric system as the state's official weights and measures system of this state. Also, to adopt the "Oxford comma" and British spelling and pronunciation as the state's official comma and official spelling and pronunciation conventions.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremy Moss (D) on February 22, 2018
To establish Ojibew as Michigan's official state language.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D) on February 22, 2018
To establish this bill cannot become law unless a constitutional amendment repealing Michigan's prohibition of a graduated income tax system also becomes law (House Joint Resolution K).
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on February 22, 2018
To appropriate $1 million for English learner and immigrant education programs.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D) on February 22, 2018
To add an exception to the bill allowing the motto of the great seal of Michigan to be in English not latin. The motto is "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice," which means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." The bill already contains an exception for the use of terms of art or phrases from other languages.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 22, 2018
Substitute offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on February 22, 2018
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that would require state agencies to provide translators and translation services to non-English speakers who are seeking public services and benefits. See House Bill 4619.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on February 22, 2018
Passed 62 to 46 in the House on February 22, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To establish English as the official state language. This would apply to government activities, but not to private sector activity. It would require governmental documents, records, meetings, actions, and policies to be in English, but would not prohibit them from also being in another language.
Received in the Senate on February 27, 2018
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 27, 2018
Reported in the Senate on March 22, 2018
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

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