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Bill would make English the official state language

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In the midst of a heated national debate on immigration, a state lawmaker is proposing that English be made the official language of Ohio.

Rep. Courtney Combs says that it makes us all Americans if we're speaking the same language. The Republican from Hamilton has introduced a bill requiring state and local governments to produce records only in English.

Combs says that would encourage immigrants to learn English.

So far, his measure has drawn nine co-sponsors.

But the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs calls the bill harmful to Ohio and says that if the state wants more people to learn English, it should provide more funding for English classes.

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