Constitutional amendment; provides that English is official language of State. (HJ729)

Introduced By

Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095515572
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2009Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
02/10/2009Left in Privileges and Elections


CG2 Consulting, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This is a VACOLAO legislative priority. VACOLAO opposes this bill which is the first step toward putting an English only requirement in the state constitution. Virginia established English as its "official" language in 1996. This proposal sends a message to all persons in Virginia whose first language is other than English that they are not welcome.

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Virginia Interfaith Center opposes this bill.

Phil writes:

This would gratuitously send a xenophobic message about Virginia. (Why not make go all the way and make white the official race of Virginia?)

Nonprofit NoVA, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes: