Arizona English Official Language Amendment, Proposition 106 (1988)
The Arizona English as the Official Language Amendment, also known as Proposition 106, was on the November 8, 1988 ballot in Arizona as an initiated constitutional amendment. It was approved by voters, but struck down as unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court ten years later.
English would again become the official language of Arizona after Proposition 103 was approved by voters in 2006.
|Arizona Proposition 106 (1988)|
|Overturned Case:Ruiz v. Hull CV-96-0493-PR|
Official results via: Arizona Secretary of State
Text of measure
The text of the ballot read:
Proposing an amendment to the constitution of Arizona relating to the English language; providing that English is the official language of the state of Arizona, and amending the constitution of Arizona by adding article XXVIII.
Amending Arizona constitution making English the official language of this state and all political subdivisions; requiring all governmental actions, functions and documents to be in English; providing exceptions for compliance with federal law, language instruction, protecting public health and safety and protecting criminal defendants and victims of crimes.
ARTICLE XXVIII. ENGLISH AS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
The resulting amendment from Proposition 106 was ruled unconstitutional by the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1995, in the case Yniguez v. Mofford. That case was ruling was vacated by the United States Supreme Court in Arizonans for Official English V. Arizona in 1997 on grounds unrelated to the constitutionality of the amendment. In 1998 the Arizona Supreme Court stuck down the amendment as unconstitutional in the case Ruiz v. Hull.
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- 1988 ballot measure voting guide
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