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Arizona voters passed an English-only law as an Amendment to the Arizona Constitution adopted through a petition drive that culminated in a general election in November 1988. The Amendment provides that English was the official language of the State of Arizona, and that the State and its political subdivisions must "act" only in English. In April 1998, the Arizona Supreme Court held that the amendment violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in that it adversely impacted the constitutional rights of non-English speaking persons regarding access to their government, and that it limited political speech of elected officials and public employees. Ruiz v. Hull IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA En Banc ARMANDO RUIZ, LINDA AGUIRRE, JOHN PHILIP EVANS, ROSIE GARCIA, CANDIDO MERCADO, MANUEL PENA, JR., PETER RIOS, JR., MACARIO SALDATE IV, FEDERICO SANCHEZ and VICTOR SOLTERO, Plaintiffs/Appellants/ Cross-Appellees, v. JANE DEE HULL, GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA; GRANT WOODS, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ARIZONA; STATE OF ARIZONA; ARIZONANS FOR OFFICIAL ENGLISH and ROBERT D. PARK, Intervenors, Defendants/ Appellees/Cross-Appellants. O P I N I O N
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course COMM 243 taught by Professor Kelly during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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