Constitutional amendment; provides that English is official language of State. (HJ124)

Introduced By

Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); English as the official language of the Commonwealth. Provides that English is the official language of Virginia, that the provision is self-executing, and that the General Assembly may pass laws to implement the provision. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087627572
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2008Continued to 2009 in Privileges and Elections
12/04/2008Left in Privileges and Elections


Mark Brooks writes:

For what purpose would we do this? Isn't this a dog whistle moment to encourage more nativism and other stupidity?

Should we then say that English is a requirement for other things as well? How about education? Would someone need to speak English in order to get a business license?

This is a really bad idea.