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U.S.English

February 18, 2016 08:26 ET

U.S.English Chairman Applauds New Jersey Bill to Declare English the State's Official Language

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - February 18, 2016) - U.S.English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica today applauded New Jersey State Senator Anthony Bucco on his re-introduction of a bill that would declare English the official language of the Golden State.

State Senator Bucco previously sponsored the same legislation in a past session of the Legislature. If passed, this bill would make New Jersey the 32nd state to recognize the unifying power of a common language.

"Census Bureau data shows that more than 7 percent of households in New Jersey are limited English proficient, meaning that no one over the age of 14 speaks English 'very well,'" Chairman Mujica said. "State Senator Bucco's bill is a common sense effort to ensure that these residents are no longer linguistically isolated. By recognizing English as the official language of New Jersey, residents will have an added incentive to learn the language, opening the doors to social and economic success. I encourage the New Jersey State Legislature to support this unifying legislation."

The bill, S. 69, has been referred to the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee where it awaits further consideration.

U.S.English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S.English, Inc. (www.usenglish.org) now has more than 2 million members.

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