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August 1, 2015

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Proposed bill would make English official language of Nevada

A bill introduced by state Sen. Don Gustavson would designate English as the official language of Nevada.

The bill, SB188, would require certain government documents, transactions, proceedings, meetings and publications to be in English.

For instance, it’s important that those taking the state’s exam for a cosmetology license be able to read and understand English, Gustavson, R-Sparks, said.

Cosmetologists handle chemicals that are labeled in English, he said. “It’s a safety issue,” he said.

There would, however, be a number of exceptions, including driver’s license examinations.

The requirement also would be waived “to protect public health and safety; in judicial proceeding to ensure that justice is carried out; to promote trade or tourism and to provide instruction in a foreign language.”

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