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November 17, 2010
Next Congress Bright for English

American voters went to the polls two weeks ago and elected the next class of elected representatives to steer the direction of the country for the next two years. As of today, voters returned over 160 candidates to Congress who have demonstrated their support for making English the official language.

November 10, 2010
Lawsuit Filed Against Oklahoma's Official English Law

A lawsuit against Oklahoma’s new official English law was filed today as a Tulsa law professor sued to block the implementation of the recently passed measure. State Question 751, which was passed by more than seventy five percent of Oklahoma voters on November 2, made English the official language of the state.

November 3, 2010
Oklahoma Voters Approve State Official English Law

Oklahoma voters decisively approved State Question 751 yesterday, officially becoming the 31st state to make English its official language.

October 14, 2010
U.S. English, Inc. Honors Recipients of "A in English” award

In recognition for their efforts to promote English as the unifying language of the United States, U.S. English, Inc. presented 130 members of Congress with its bi-annual “A in English” award. The recipients, who represent 37 states and both sides of the political aisle, were recognized by U.S. English, Inc. Chairman Mauro E. Mujica.

September 1, 2010
U.S. English on Fox News

U.S. English, Inc. Director of Government Relations, Tim Schultz, appeared on the Fox News program 'Fox and Friends' to discuss whether election ballots should only be printed in English.

July 14, 2010
N.J Supreme Court creates constitutional right for D.U.I. tests in native language.

The New Jersey Supreme Court this week created the first ever constitutional right to receive D.U.I. testing in the native tongue of the accused as it overturned the conviction of a man who refused to take a blood-alcohol test because he did not understand the warnings in English.

June 24, 2010
Tennessee becomes first state to protect businesses with English workplace policies.

With the signature of Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen, Tennessee became the first state today to protect the rights of businesses to have English-in-the-workplace policies where there is a “legitimate business necessity.”

May 19, 2010
Senate Committee Holds Hearing on bill that could lead to Puerto Rican statehood

Earlier today, the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act. The bill, which recently passed the House by a vote of 233-169, would create a congressionally sanctioned referendum to determine the future status of Puerto Rico.

May 14, 2010
Support for English as official language grows three percent in one year.

April 30, 2010
House Passes Puerto Rico Democracy Act without English Requirements

On Thursday night, The United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 2499, Puerto Rico Democracy Act by a vote of 233-169. In a separate vote, an amendment that would have required English as the sole official language as a condition for Puerto Rican statehood was defeated 194-198.

March 16, 2010
U.S.English Testifies In Annapolis For Official English Legislation

 U.S. English, Inc. Director of Government Relations, Tim Schultz will testify in front of the House Health and Government Operations Committee in Annapolis today to support House Bill 865, legislation that would make English the official language of Baltimore County.

January 27, 2010
Support for English Language Unity Act Continues to Grow

Rep. Louie Gohmert became a co-sponsor of the English Language Unity Act yesterday, the sixth Congressman in seven weeks to support official English legislation in the House. The addition of the representative from the First Congressional District of Texas brings the number of bi-partisan supporters of H.R. 997 to 134 members of Congress from 36 states.

January 26, 2010
Latest Oklahoma Survey Finds 83 Percent Support for Official English Law

A new Sooner survey found that 83 percent of Oklahomans support the November ballot question to make English the official language of the state.

January 22, 2010
New Haven, Conn. Workplace English Policy Builds

WTNH-TV recently carried a story about a New Haven, Conn. restaurant where the owner has asked employees to speak English in front of the customers. Even though company policy safely meets standards that have already been deemed legal in the court system, critics have sounded a chorus of opinions. Below is a statement from U.S. English, Inc. Chairman Mauro E. Mujica.

January 20, 2010
Congressional Support for Official English Continues to Swell

Rep. Buck McKeon co-sponsored the English Language Unity Act yesterday, becoming the fifth Congressman in six weeks to support legislation to make English the official language of the United States. The addition of the representative from California’s 25th Congressional District increases the bi-partisan roster of supporters of H.R. 997 to 133.

January 19, 2010
Rep. Collin Peterson Joins the Ranks of H.R. 997 Co-Sponsors

Support for H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, grew on Friday when Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson added his name as a co-sponsor. The Democrat from Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District is the second member of Congress this year and fourth in six weeks to become a co-sponsor of the official English bill.

January 15, 2010
York Highway Department to Begin Posting Multilingual Signs

The York, Pa. Highway Department will soon post signs in Spanish within the city, raising questions on how this will affect English language learning rates among the area’s growing limited English speaking population. As reported by WHTM, the City of York plans to add a dozen snow emergency signs in Spanish to inform residents that their cars will be towed if parked there during or in the wake of a heavy snowstorm.

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