“Generally speaking, bills that don’t actually do anything have a high rate of passage,” Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Chairman Pete Brungardt (in photo), R-Salina, told the Lawrence Journal-World. In that case, the bill that, in Brungardt’s words, “acknowledges that English is what we speak here” likely will become law. Especially now that the only constructive part of the bill — a House amendment that provided money for adult language classes — was removed by the Senate.
The result, according to Melinda Lewis of El Centro in Kansas City, Kan., is that nothing changes. “I expect that life will go on just about the same for folks as it did before; people still wanting to learn English, and having difficulty doing so, and some people being irrationally upset by the presence of other languages.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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