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Frederick County advances official-English proposal

FREDERICK — The Frederick County Commissioners are reviving an attempt to make English the county’s official language.

The Frederick News-Post reports that board members voted 4-1 Thursday to hold a public hearing next month on the proposed ordinance.

The commissioners passed a resolution in 2008 proclaiming English the county’s official language, but the action was largely ceremonial.

County Attorney John Mathias says the proposed ordinance also wouldn’t affect the handling of legal or educational matters. But board President Blaine Young says it would help deter illegal immigrants from settling in Frederick County.

The lone dissenter was Commissioner David Gray. He says he doesn’t see what would be gained by passing such an ordinance.