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Passed House amended (08/01/1996)

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Title I: English Language Empowerment

Title II: Repeal of Bilingual Voting Requirements

Bill Emerson English Language Empowerment Act of 1996 - Title I: English Language Empowerment - Amends Federal law to declare English to be the official language of the U.S. Government. States that representatives of the Federal Government have an affirmative obligation to preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language of the Federal Government. Requires such representatives to conduct official business in English. Prohibits anyone from being denied Government services because he or she communicates in English.

Requires that all officials conduct all naturalization ceremonies entirely in English. Directs that nothing in this title be construed to limit the preservation or use of Native Alaskan or Native American languages.

Sets forth definitions for purposes of this Act.

Title II: Repeal of Bilingual Voting Requirements - Amends the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to repeal bilingual voting requirement provisions.