English would become the official language of Wisconsin, under legislation approved by the state Assembly early Thursday morning.
State Representative Dave Travis (D-Westport) says the proposal is based on hatred and bigotry. He says it's a direct slap in the face to Mexican-Americans living in the state.
However, during debate on the floor early Thursday morning, state Representative Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) says it's about the need for a common language. Schneider says a common language is an essential element to holding a society together and for preventing conflict.
Representative Frank Boyle (D-Superior) questioned the benefits of the legislation. He says it just makes an elitist statement that somehow English is a superior language and way to go.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where a vote is not expected to occur.