CALIFORNIA STATE CONSTITUTION,
ARTICLE III, SECTION 6
(Proposition 63, 1986)
English is the common language of the people of the United
States of America and the State of California. This section is intended
to preserve, protect and strengthen the English language, and not to supersede
any of the rights guaranteed to the people of this Constitution.
(b) English as the Official Language of California.
The Legislature shall enforce this section by appropriate
legislation. The Legislature and officials of the State of California shall
take all steps necessary to insure that the role of English as the common
language of the State of California is preserved and enhanced. The Legislature
shall make no law which diminishes or ignores the role of English as the
common language of the State of California.
(d) Personal Right of Action and Jurisdiction of Courts.
Any person who is a resident of or doing business in the
State of California shall have standing to sue the State of California
to enforce this action, and the Courts of record of the State of California
shall have jurisdiction to hear cases brought to enforce this section.
The Legislature may provide reasonable and appropriate limitations on the
time and manner of suits brought under this section.
Section 2: Severability.
If any provision of this section, or the application of
any such provision to any person or circumstance, shall be held invalid,
the remainder of this section to the extent it can be given effect shall
not be affected thereby, and to this end, the provisions of this section
Source: Charles V. Dale and Mark Gurevitz,
Legal Analysis of Proposals to Make English the Official Language of
the United States, Oct. 17, 1995, Washington, D.C.: Congressional