Lawmakers to refile official English legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group of Oklahoma lawmakers say they plan to refile legislation that would make English the official language
of state government.

Leaders of Oklahoma-based Indian tribes expressed opposition to a similar bill last year and said it might impact tribal language programs. The bill failed.

Three members of the Oklahoma House and a state senator said Wednesday they will attempt to send a proposed constitutional amendment to Oklahoma voters that would make English the state's official language.

They say it would save taxpayer money by not requiring the state to print documents, such as driver's license tests, in foreign languages. They also say it would help legal immigrants assimilate into American society.

Lawmakers say the bill will contain exemptions for the languages of Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized tribes.

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