"English as Oklahoma's Official Language" was first aired on Sunday November 23rd 2003. Our Guest was Ron Kirby, State Representative, House District 64.
Our topics included:
- House Bill 1020 was entitled "Oklahoma's English Language Act." It was withdrawn in the last Session. Does he plan to reintroduce this?
- The Initiative Petition to do substantially the same thing was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Is this a problem for this Legislation?
- Why is it necessary to have an official language? What do other States do?
- What does this Bill require?
- All official business - all official documents - all transactions and action be in English. What are the exceptions to this?
- To protect health, safety or liberty; to teach; protection of rights of criminal defendants or victims; promote trade, tourism;
- Comply with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; use proper names, terms of art or phrases from languages other than English;
- Comply with the Constitution and laws of the United States of America or the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma.
- Discuss Native American language.
- Discuss bias - bigotry.
- What he expects in Oklahoma.
Kent Meyers, Mick Cornett, Ron Kirby