Plain English – Writing Refresher and Drafting Legislation

Gobbledygook. It’s the stuff of government. Maybe its No. 1 export.

Now, a first-term House member, Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), wants to do away with the wordy, pompous and confusing forms and memos that spew out of the bureaucracy every day.

He has introduced legislation that would require the government to write in “plain language” — simple words, short sentences and no jargon, so that people can understand tax forms, college aid applications and other documents distributed to the public.

“Unless there is aggressive or intensive oversight, no agency is going to change the way it does business,” he said.

A Push for Plain English,” by Stephen Barr, The Washington Post, October 29, 2007
TheCapitol.Net offers writing training that will help you — and your agency — communicate clearly and in plain English.

Writing Refresher: Critical Thinking and Writing: How to Compose Clear and Effective Reports, Letters, Email, and Memos,” next offered in Washington, DC on November 1, 2007

TheCapitol.Net also offers a legislative drafting course that includes the acclaimed “Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook”.

Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments,” next offered in Washington, DC on July 29, 2008

Legislative Drafter's Deskbook, by Tobias A. Dorsey
Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook, by Tobias A. Dorsey


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