English competency for legislators? | Arkansas Blog

English competency for legislators?



An Arizona judge has removed a City Council candidate from the ballot because, he found, she did not speak English sufficiently to participate in city business.

Serious business. Give a court, rather than voters, the ability to decide whether someone was competent to be an elected representative? Official competency is a slippery slope. Should literacy be required, in addition to Arizona's English competency? Basic computation skills? In a gentler vein, this brings to mind columnist Richard Allin and cartoonist George Fisher's Southern Legislative Dictionary and Allin's mythical lawmakers from Wad and Gudge, Ark.

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