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SB 0335 - State Agencies; designate English as official language; prohibit requiring employees to speak/learn any other languages for employment (PF)

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Douglas,John 17th
Last Action: 3/11/2008 - Senate Third Read
Senate Committee: PUB SAF
Assigned To:
12. All CourtsNext Bill

Staff Analysis of the Legislation

SB 335 proposes to prohibit any state governmental agency from making it a requirement to learn any foreign language (i.e. any language other than English) in order to be hired; for continued employment; or for promotion. Further, the bill states that no governmental entity shall give preferential treatment to any employee for the ability to be able to speak a foreign language. However, after July 1, 2008, employers may lawfully give notice to potential employees that speaking a foreign language or completing foreign language training may be a requirement of employment. This bill does not apply to employees who hold the position where speaking a foreign language is the primary function of the job, such as translators.

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