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National Language Act of 1997

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 4, United States Code, to declare English as the official language of the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
03/11/1997Introduced in House

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03/20/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
03/11/1997Referred to House Judiciary
Action By: House of Representatives
03/11/1997Referred to House Education and the Workforce
Action By: House of Representatives
03/11/1997Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/11/1997Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Education and the Workforce03/11/1997 Referred to
House Judiciary03/11/1997 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution03/20/1997 Referred to

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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.