Lawmakers act after LPGA’s failed policy

Thursday, April 16, 2009

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate has voted to make it illegal to hold events that require participants to speak English in a move prompted by the LPGA’s ill-fated English-only proposal.

The tour wanted last year to require its players to speak English so they could talk with each other and the media, and give acceptance speeches in English.

The LPGA backed off the plan, which was first reported Aug. 25 on and in Golfweek magazine (“LPGA demands English proficiency,” Aug. 30), after Sen. Leland Yee and others criticized it as discriminatory.

Yee says the proposal insulted women, minorities and immigrants, and might disqualify the best golfers.

The San Francisco Democrat’s bill would make such policies illegal in California without a “business necessity.” It was approved Thursday 21-14 without debate.

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