City of Pittsburgh Council District 4
Plain Language to Make City Documents Simpler and Easier to Use
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District Four's Plain Language Bill

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak introduced legislation requiring City employees to make documents-- everything from public notices, to forms, the City website, and more-- easier to read, recognize, and understand. The bill calls for the adoption of "Plain Language" principles, which means that writing is clear, concise, well-organized, and is appropriate for the intended audience. 

The bill also calls for the creation of a "Graphic Standard," or a list of acceptable logos, fonts, standard formats and more, to ensure that all City of Pittsburgh documents are easily recognizable. 

“The private sector has been using plain language for decades. If Nike’s advertisements looked like our public notices for zoning hearings, nobody would ever buy shoes. In this case, the ‘way we’ve always done it’ is simply not good enough. It’s time we start selling people on civic engagement-- making it easier for people to be informed and get involved.” -- Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak 

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The Office of Councilmember Natalia Rudiak
510 City County Building | 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2131 | Fax: 412-255-2821

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