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Minnesota governor orders agencies to use 'plain language'

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An executive order signed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton orders all executive branch agencies to speak and write with words the average person can understand.

‘PLAIN LANGUAGE' EXECUTIVE ORDER

- Use language commonly understood by the public

- Write in short and complete sentences

- Present information in a format that is easy-to-find and easy-to-understand

- Clearly state directions and deadlines to the audience

"Plain language is a communication which an audience can understand the first time they read it or hear it," the order says. "Plain language will provide Minnesotans better state services by reducing confusion, saving time and improving customer satisfaction."

The order takes effect 15 days after its filing with the Secretary of State's office.

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