L Taylor

Topeka, KS, United States

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L Taylor
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we simplify legal/business language?
I saw where another poster provided a link to PlainLanguage.gov, but I didn't see any reference to the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ274/pdf/PLAW-111publ274.pdf), which was signed into law in fall 2010. It requires federal agencies to use plain language in new documents beginning one year after the law's enactment. PlainLanguage.gov has lots of examples of how using plain language vastly simplified government communications. It even has examples of money saved because the new, clearer communication eliminated the need for workers to field many phone calls from people who needed help understanding government communications or forms.