AB131 will make English the official language of Nevada. There a seven exceptions to using English only as the accepted language. The seven exceptions make sense and are a good part of this bill.
Exceptions include :
1. To protect public health and safety.
2. During judicial proceedings.
3. Uttering a proper name.
4. To promote commerce or tourism.
5. Providing instruction in a foreign language.
6. Conducting any census.
7. Except when required by the United States or Nevada Constitutions or by federal statute.
I would especially ask that you register, on the Legislatures website, your support for this bill. The opposed opinions are adding up, complete with the nonsense remarks that come with opposition.
With all these exceptions, what’s left? Only 5. makes any sense.
No. 2 especially is stupid. How can we even know if the translations are accurate? Everyone from the judge and the two attorneys on down, but especially those three, can’t be expected to native facility in the legal languages of dozens and hundred of languages that foreign residents of the US and NV are likely to speak. This is another bill that hasn’t been thought through, like so many others.
Just once I’d like to see a damned lawyer or legislator put themselves in the shoes of people actually working through a problem that these social engineers are trying to solve.
It seems the sponsors recognize that English only in-fact is what makes no sense.
While there may be logistic hurdles for the exceptions at least there is an opportunity
to have legitimate communication with peoples of native language different from our native language.
Admittedly I have had strained interactions with people who struggle with English. It would be to my advantage to at-least have a grasp on conversational Spanish. I shop at the Centro Market and rarely know what the people are saying, and I think they use this to their advantage.
But I don’t demand they speak English to me, I try to get along in “their” world because I enjoy their products. But when we need to communicate out on the streets and in the courts we need a base language we all at-least have a rudimentary understanding of.
As far as No.2 is concerned I do feel we as a society we must ensure that all participants in law proceedings fully understand what is happening. There are currently standards in place for interpreters and assurances that non-english peoples are treated fairly in legal proceedings of all sorts. We should not produce, what would a massive cost, records in varying languages. Considering we have always had and will always have people of varying levels of English competency we should make this accommodation in the courts.