A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation to establish English as the state's official language.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) said his measure, House Bill 2132, would not restrict anyone from learning or speaking in a foreign language, but would require all official acts of state and local governments to be communicated in English.
Metcalfe said Pennsylvania taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for government translating and printing of forms, documents and publications in many languages other than English.
He said making English the official language of Pennsylvania would offer an incentive for immigrants to learn the language, and would save taxpayers millions of dollars annually.
Metcalfe said 31 states have passed similar official-English-in-government laws.