H.R.1005 - National Language Act of 1997105th Congress (1997-1998)
|Sponsor:||Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-3] (Introduced 03/11/1997)|
|Committees:||House - Education and the Workforce; Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/20/1997 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.1005 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/11/1997)
National Language Act of 1997 - Makes English the official language of the U.S. Government. Requires the Government to conduct its official business in English, including publications, income tax forms, and informational materials.
Provides that this Act shall not apply to the use of a language other than English for religious purposes, for training in foreign languages for international communication, to programs in schools designed to encourage students to learn foreign languages, or by persons over age 62. Permits the Government to provide interpreters for persons over age 62.
Repeals the Bilingual Education Act. Terminates the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs in the Department of Education. Sets forth provisions regarding the recapture of unexpended funds and transitional provisions.
Repeals provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 regarding bilingual election requirements and regarding congressional findings of voting discrimination against language minorities, prohibition of English-only elections, and other remedial measures.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to require that all public ceremonies in which the oath of allegiance is administered pursuant to such Act be conducted solely in English.
Specifies that this Act shall not preempt the law of any State.