Frederick County leaders vote to repeal a three-year-old ordinance making English the county’s official language….
Frederick was Maryland’s first county to implement an English-only ordinance. The County Council voted 4-3 to repeal the measure Tuesday evening.
Frederick County Council members got an earful when they asked the public about repealing the 2012 ordinance making English the county’s official language. Sponsors of the repeal call it a barrier to attracting and retaining business and bringing diversity. Some say it’s just plain unfriendly.
“The existing ordinance that’s on the books really sends an anti-immigrant message, a message that says you are not welcome here to anyone who does not speak English as their first language,” said CASA regional director Elizabeth Alex.