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VOL. 125 | NO. 43 | Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bill to OK Businesses to Authorize English Only

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that clarifies when small businesses in Tennessee can require their employees to speak English only in the workplace is advancing in the House.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill, a Jonesborough Republican, was unanimously passed on to the House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

There are federal guidelines on the issue. But Hill said his measure would codify that language into state law and make it clear that English only can be required "if it is deemed as a business necessity, or for workplace safety."

The measure failed last year, but Hill said he's optimistic about its chances this year because of the unanimous vote.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 20 39 190
BUILDING PERMITS 0 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 17 135 753
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 53 329
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0