Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, is one of the co-sponsors of HB 4053.

According to, the bill would “establish English as the official state language. This would apply to government activities, but not to private sector activity. It would require governmental documents, records, meetings, actions, and policies to be in English, but would not prohibit them from also being in another language.”

The bill passed 62 to 46 in the House on Feb. 22, 2018.

Thirty-two other states have decreed English the “official” language of government business.

Here’s the full text of the bill, all of its sponsors, and a fiscal analysis of it.