An Act to Increase the Readability of Legislation aka the Plain English Bill
This bill is not housing related, except for the fact that housing bills tend to be too complicated for the average renter or for many of us landlords to follow. Even professionals find it tedious and time consuming to trace bills that read, "At the end of the third sentence of section 3, insert the phrase 'or six months, whichever is longer'. "
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Full Text of the Plain English Bill
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Explanation of the Plain English Bill
||Meaning and significance
No bill shall be filed with the senate or the house of representatives to modify any law, nor shall the senate or house of representatives permit the proposed amendment of any bill, unless at time of filing or proposed amendment, the true meaning of the modification is plain for all to see, with all deletions and additions clearly identified as such, with all definitions presented as required, and with the entirety of the law or bill readable in itself as a difference from the original without external reference.
|This long sentence does several things to bills:
- Each bill has to be easy to read.
- All added words will appear as underline or similar.
- All deleted words will show up as strikethrough or similar.
- This applies to all bills, including bills that change laws and bill amendments.
- If a bill relies on definitions established elsewhere, those definitions must be repeated in the bill.
- Any bill that wasn't easy to read when it was filed cannot pass into law.
- If the legislature ignores the easy read requirement and passes the law anyway, the court can overturn the law.
- Everyone should be able to participate in our democracy by reading and understanding changes to the law.
- We shouldn't need a law degree to understand and follow the law.