Maryland English Language Amendment (2012)
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will not appear on a ballot
The measure would have made English the official language of the state if sent to the ballot and enacted by voters. The measure would also have made all government documents to be in English, with some federal exemptions, such as medical and courtroom documents, according to Delegate Patrick McDonough, who has introduced similar bills in the past, and is expected to introduce the current proposal.
According to McDonough, "I introduce the bill every year for the sake of the people, and to keep it in the news." However, Delegate Sheila Hixson argued that the measure would make immigrants second-class citizens.