Idaho House pushes English, God in resolution
BOISE, Idaho. - America should reserve a place for God in the public domain and speak English when doing government business, according to a symbolic measure passed 50-17 in the House.
Rep. Rich Jarvis's resolution Thursday was aimed at asserting states' rights under the Constitution's 10th Amendment.
The Meridian Republican argued keeping English as the language of government and business would keep America an "English-speaking nation."
Jarvis's measure also urged that "references to God should be welcome in all public places and public verse."
It now goes to the Senate.
All but one Democrat, Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd from Wallace, voted against the measure.
Rep. Grant Burgoyne, a Boise Democrat, opposed it, in part, because the English provisions sent an unwelcoming message to legal immigrants like his Swedish grandfather.
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