The following information was excerpted from the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 1, Chapter 1, Article 9, Sections 1-1-696 through 1-1-698.
Title 1 - Administration of the Government
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 9. STATE EMBLEMS, PLEDGE TO STATE FLAG, OFFICIAL OBSERVANCES
SECTIONS 1-1-696 through 1-1-698.
SECTION 1-1-696. Official State language.
The English language is the official language of the State of South Carolina.
SECTION 1-1-697. Use of language other than English prohibited.
Neither this State nor any political subdivision thereof shall require, by law, ordinance, regulation, order, decree, program, or policy, the use of any language other than English; provided, however, that nothing in Sections 1-1-696 through 1-1-698 shall prohibit a state agency or a political subdivision of the State from requiring an applicant to have certain degrees of knowledge of a foreign language as a condition of employment where appropriate.
SECTION 1-1-698. Exceptions to prohibition against use of language other than English.
Sections 1-1-696 through 1-1-698 do not prohibit any law, ordinance, regulation, order, decree, program, or policy requiring educational instruction in a language other than English for the purpose of making students who use a language other than English proficient in English or making students proficient in a language in addition to English.
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