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  Nashville adopts `English First' policy
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ContributorThe Sunset Provision 
Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Feb 07, 2007 11:08pm
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News DateThursday, February 8, 2007 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionNashville's city council has voted to adopt English as its official language, following similar moves by several smaller cities around the country.

After months of debate, the city's Metro Council voted 23-14 on Tuesday to approve the measure requiring all government communications to be in English, except when multilingual communications are required by federal rules or are needed "to protect or promote public health, safety or welfare."

The exceptions were added after the city attorney contended that the bill's original language was unconstitutional. Some supporters and opponents of the measure said the exceptions mean the law would have little effect on city business.

The measure moves on to Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, who hadn't said by Wednesday whether he will sign it, veto it or allow it to pass into law without his signature.

Bill sponsor Councilman Eric Crafton and his supporters said the change offers an incentive for immigrants to learn English.

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