August 6, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster today unveiled Missouri state government's first bilingual website.
"I'm delighted to be able to make government services more accessible to this growing segment of the state's population," Koster said. "Those for whom English is not a first language will now have an avenue to speak clearly to state government when reporting consumer complaints and the growing problem of mortgage fraud. And they will be able to clearly understand information we provide about their rights as consumers."
Koster also announced today his commitment to maintaining Spanish-speaking employees answering the Attorney General's Consumer Protection hotline. As many as two dozen complaints per week come into the Attorney General's office in Spanish.
Koster firmly asserted that his office's Spanish language website complies with the English-only provision to the Missouri Constitution that voters adopted in 2008.
"When voters adopted the English-only provision to the constitution last year, they made clear that government business, including discussions and roll call votes, be conducted in English," Koster said. "Nonetheless, it is vital that individuals with limited English-language skills have an avenue to report crime, fraud and abuse to our state's law-enforcement community."