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English Language Resolution

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- If three Washington State lawmakers get their way, English will be the state's official language. With such a large Latino community, the resolution could create quite a stir in our area.

Jim McCune of Graham, Jim Dunn of Vancouver, and John Ahern of Spokane would like to put the language decision to voters on the November ballot.

If passed, the resolution would create a new constitutional amendment. Washington would join 28 states that have already made English their official language.

Proponents of the resolution say it will save the state $2 million by not having to put documents into different languages. People against it say it will cut programs that immigrants need.