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Wis. lawmaker wants English as official language

Published On: Aug 26 2013 04:01:18 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 26 2013 04:29:44 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill that would make English Wisconsin's official language.

Rep. Andre Jacque's proposal also would require of state and local government to put their documents in English. The measure does allow exceptions in individual cases, however. It also prohibits the government from blocking anyone's efforts to learn a foreign language.

The measure mirrors a proposal former state Rep. Marlin Schneider, a Wisconsin Rapids Democrat, introduced in 2009. That bill never received a hearing.

The fate of Jacque's measure is uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Juneau Republican, signed onto Schneider's bill as a co-sponsor in 2009 but his spokesman didn't immediately return a message. A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also didn't immediately return a message.

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