HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania state representatives are considering a proposal to make English the state’s official language for government purposes, despite arguments it may send a hostile message to residents who don’t speak it.

The House State Government Committee on Monday also heard from supporters who say the designation would put Pennsylvania in line with a majority of states and save tax dollars.

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The practical impact of the proposal isn’t clear. It would provide exceptions that include public safety, courts and instruction in English for people trying to learn it.

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The bill would largely prohibit government agencies from spending money to promote other languages, and would require all “official acts” of government to be recorded in English.

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