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Plain Language Bill

A member’s bill in the name of Rachel Boyack introduced on Sept 23. The bill requires reporting govt agencies to ensure relevant documents use plain language and appoint plain language officers who are responsible for ensuring the agency’s compliance with the Bill. Completed first reading on Feb 16 and referred to the governance and administration committee with National and Act opposed. Reported back on Aug 12 with National filing a minority report saying the bill was a waste of time and the creation of a new bureaucracy. Second reading on Aug 30 with National and Act opposed, committee stage completed Sept 21. Third reading on Oct 19 with National and Act opposed.  Plain Language Bill