Annapolis council OKs English-fluency law

June 18, 2008|By NICOLE FULLER

The Annapolis city council has passed an ordinance that requires work crews installing or working on underground utilities to have at least one member on site who is fluent in English.

Alderman Samuel E. Shropshire, a Ward 7 Democrat, introduced the legislation in February, after residents in his district complained that maintenance workers severed phone and cable lines, leaving them without electricity and phone and cable service for days.

The workers apparently didn't speak English and couldn't communicate safety information.

The council passed the measure Monday night.

It also passed a separate Shropshire proposal to establish a $500 fine for violations.

Both measures passed on 8-0 votes.

NICOLE FULLER

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