Five states are considering legislation this year to make English their official language. If passed, they would join the 31 states with existing official language laws.
States with an official language
*English and Hawaiian are both official languages in Hawaii
In some states, an official language is treated similar to how official flowers, birds, or trees are treated: as just a designation without any particular guidelines for what to do about it. In Illinois, for example, its English law states simply, “The official language of the state of Illinois is English.”