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New-Look State Website Draws Complaints over Spanish Language Pages

New-Look State Website Draws Complaints over Spanish Language Pages



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Jon Dunn ReportingUtah.gov has a new look. The state redesigned its website and launched the new look at the first of this month. The new look, however, included several Spanish language pages. They've since been pulled, over concerns they violated state law.

New-Look State Website Draws Complaints over Spanish Language Pages

KSL was denied access to a screenshot of the actual site that went live, but found this version through Google.

The Utah Governor's Office says it received complaints over why those pages were there.

"Why is this information being presented in Spanish, and we went in and took a review on that," says Governor's Spokesman Mike Mower. Mower says the Utah Office of Ethnic Affairs, along with Utah Interactive, developed a page with state information (including library and DMV information). With the push of a red, green, and white button, the page could be translated into Spanish.

"We just said, 'Hey, we're going to pull back' and make certain we're in compliance with state law," Mower says.

Mower says an English-only state law may prevent the translation, but a federal law may supercede that. He says officials are studying the issue.

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