HOUSE BILL No. 1366
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 4-1-12.
Synopsis: State materials to be printed in English. Requires official
documents or communications issued by, on behalf of, or representing
the state to be issued in the English language. Provides for certain
Effective: July 1, 2009.
Crouch, Tincher, Walorski
January 13, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Interstate and International
First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1366
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state
offices and administration.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 4-1-12; (09)IN1366.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 4-1-12 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 12. English Language Requirement
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "official document or
communication" means a written document or written
(1) binds or commits the state;
(2) is required by law; or
(3) gives the appearance of presenting the official views or
positions of the state.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "state" means Indiana or any
agency of state government and includes a body corporate and
politic established as an instrumentality of the state. The term does
not include a political subdivision (as defined in IC 3-5-2-38).
Sec. 3. Except as provided in sections 4 and 5 of this chapter, an
official document or communication issued:
(2) on behalf of; or
the state shall be issued in the English language.
Sec. 4. A language other than English may be used when
(1) by the Constitution of the United States, federal law, or the
Constitution of the State of Indiana;
(2) by law enforcement or public health and safety needs;
(3) to protect the rights of parties and witnesses in a civil or
criminal action in a court or in an administrative proceeding;
(4) to promote and encourage tourism and economic
(5) to teach:
(A) another language to students proficient in English; or
(B) English to students of limited English proficiency; and
(6) by libraries:
(A) to collect and promote foreign language materials; and
(B) to provide foreign language services and activities.
Sec. 5. This chapter may not be construed to prohibit an officer
or employee of the state from using a language other than English
to provide information to individuals in the course of delivering
services to the general public.
Sec. 6. This chapter may not be construed to affect the ability of
a person to exercise the person's rights under:
(1) the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; or
(2) Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of