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Md. County Hearing From Public on Disputed English-Only Law

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    The elected leaders of Frederick County are listening to what citizens have to say about a disputed ordinance requiring that county business be conducted in English.

    A bill to repeal the ordinance gets a public hearing Tuesday night in Frederick.

    The measure was enacted in 2012 by an all-Republican county board. The current County Council is composed of four Republicans and three Democrats.

    Democratic members Jessica Fitzwater and M.C. Keegan-Ayer say the ordinance sends a message of intolerance to recent immigrants and businesses with international employees.

    Republican member Billy Shreve says it's a fiscal issue. He says the county saves money on translators and interpreters by having English as its official language.

    Republican Council President Bud Otis says the ordinance sends a message that Frederick is not a welcoming county.