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Idaho State Language

English dictionary; photo by Chris (MoiVous) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Official State Language of Idaho

Idaho designated English as the official state language in 2007. Many states have recognized official languages, including Native American languages and American sign language. All State Languages

Senate Bill No. 1172 Statement of Purpose

"In the beginning Idaho was comprised of individuals from many ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, and as a people we continue to benefit from this rich diversity. Idaho was able to build a state from this widespread and diverse background because of a binding common thread...The English language. A common language has allowed us to discuss, debate, and come to agreement on difficult issues. The need is just as great today. The purpose of this bill is to have an official language become our common language."