Rep. Randy Terrill rocks!

Oklahoma lawmaker plans official English legislation

Associated Press - March 18, 2008 12:15 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The author of Oklahoma's sweeping anti-illegal immigrant law plans new legislation that would ask voters to make English the official language of the state.

Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore said Tuesday he'll propose the "official English" requirements in an amendment he plans to file to a Senate bill. It could be heard in a House committee as early as next week.

Terrill says the plan would require that all official state government business be conducted in English and would prevent the state from having to deliver taxpayer services in a language other than English.

The proposal would create a new constitutional amendment and would have to be approved by voters in a statewide referendum.

The measure provides exceptions for American Indian tribal languages. English-only legislation died last year after it was opposed by tribal officials.