Nevada town passes English-only law
Wed Nov 15, 5:51 PM ET
PAHRUMP, Nev. - A town board in southern Nevada has adopted an
ordinance declaring English the official language, restricting the
display of foreign flags and denying town benefits to illegal
A 3-2 Town Board vote drew a standing ovation and cheers late Tuesday from many of the 250 people at the meeting.
Town Manager David Richards called the ordinance a statement that
"everyone should speak English, and if you are going to move here then
you ought to respect the American flag and fly it in prominence."
Lee Rowland, an
American Civil Liberties Union staff lawyer from Las Vegas, told the board the ordinance would invite an expensive lawsuit challenging its constitutionally.
"If you pass an ordinance that is blatantly in violation of the First Amendment, this town will be on the hook," Rowland said.
Many said not much will change with the ordinance's adoption.
Town business is already conducted in English and the town has no
real "benefits" to take away because public aid is administered by the
state or the county, officials said. The flag measure requires an
American flag to be displayed at least as prominently as a foreign flag.
Pahrump, with 33,241 residents, is 60 miles west of Las Vegas.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_re_us/english_only