Latest Oklahoma Survey Finds 83 Percent Support for Official English Law
A new Sooner Poll.com survey found that 83 percent of Oklahomans support the November ballot question to make English the official language of the state. A year after the measure passed through the legislature with broad, bi-partisan support, the survey found that more than four-in-five Oklahomans want to see the government operate overwhelmingly in English, while fewer than one-in-seven residents oppose the effort.
U.S. English Begins Countdown to Oklahoma Vote
With exactly one year to go until Election Day 2010, U.S. English is beginning the countdown until Oklahomans get the opportunity to make English the official language of the state. On Nov. 2, 2010, more than 2.1 million registered voters in Oklahoma will get the long-awaited chance to approve an official English measure that would make the Sooner State the 31st to adopt English as the official language of the state.
Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Questions U.S. Attorney General on Official English-Related Threats
The seven members of Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today, questioning the timing and purpose of a letter that threatened to withhold federal funds if Oklahoma passed legislation to make English the official language of the state. The original letter, sent from the Department of Justice to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, cautions that the pending Oklahoma law might conflict with federal requirements and might result in state agencies losing federal funding.
Oklahoma Voters to Get Decision on Official English
The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 89-8 today on a measure that provides for a public referendum on whether to make English the official language of the state. The initiative, H.J.R. 1042, passed the Senate 44-2 last month and will now appear on the general election ballot in November 2010.
Oklahoma Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Official English Bill
The Oklahoma Senate voted 44-2 last night to approve H.J.R. 1042, legislation that would make English the official language of Oklahoma. If passed by the House of Representatives, which has already approved similar legislation this session, the measure would be placed on the statewide ballot in November 2010.
Oklahoma Senate Likely to Act on Official English This Week
The Oklahoma Senate is likely to consider official English legislation during this week, potentially moving Oklahoma closer to becoming the 31st state to make English its official language.
Oklahoma Senate Committee Approves Official English Bill
The Oklahoma Senate Rules Committee voted 9-6 yesterday to approve a measure that would give Oklahoma voters the opportunity to make English the official language of the state.
Oklahoma House Approves Official English Legislation
The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill last night that would give Oklahoma voters the chance to make English the official language of the state. By the substantial margin of 66-32, the House passed H.J.R. 1042, marking the second consecutive year that the House has passed this measure. If passed by the Senate, the measure would be placed on the November general election ballot.
U.S. English Inc. State Legislative Update
In Oklahoma, supporters of official English have announced plans to introduce new legislation to make English the official language of the state when the legislature convenes in February. Last year, similar legislation passed in the House of Representatives, 70-28, but was not considered in the Senate before the end of the session. If the Senate had passed the bill, it would have been presented to the voters on the November ballot. Recent statewide polls have shown that more than three-quarters of Oklahomans favor passage of the bill.
Audiocast: Election Day 2009 Outlook - U.S. English Looks at Election Day 2010
52 weeks from today, Oklahoma voters will have the opportunity to make English the official language of the state via ballot initiative. In this audiocast, Tim Schultz, Director of Government Relations for U.S. English, Inc., discusses the road to getting the Oklahoma measure on the ballot, chronicling our efforts in the most recent legislative session and the earlier obstacles we overcame to achieve this feat.
VIDEO - Oklahoma Ballot Initiative
Tim Schultz of U.S. English discusses the recently passed measure in Oklahoma that will give voters the chance to make English the official language in Nov. 2010.