English Measure Deferred In Nashville

Nashville (AP) -- Nashville's Metro Council put off a final vote on an ordinance making English the official language of government.

The vote was delayed for two months Tuesday night so that supporters can make it more appealing.

Many members of the business community, including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, oppose the legislation out of fear it will give Music City a bad name, hurting both tourism and investment.

Bill sponsor Eric Crafton said at the second reading last month that the measure would encourage people to learn English.

The proposal has been watered down to a mostly symbolic measure now called "English First." city attorneys expressed concern that the original proposal was unconstitutional.

The Bridgestone Americas holding company, with its American headquarters in Nashville, is one of those that has lobbied against the measure.

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