H.R. 946 (111th): Plain Writing Act of 2010

Signed into law on October 13, 2010, the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (H.R. 946; Pub.L. 111–274) is a United States federal law that requires that federal executive agencies:

  • Use plain writing in every covered document that the agency issues or substantially revises
  • Train employees in "plain writing"
  • Establish a process for overseeing the agency's compliance ...

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Feb 10, 2009
111th Congress, 2009–2010


Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 13, 2010

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 13, 2010.


Pub.L. 111-274


Bruce Braley

Representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district



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Last Updated: Oct 1, 2010
Length: 3 pages


Feb 10, 2009

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Mar 4, 2010
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Mar 17, 2010
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Sep 27, 2010
Passed Senate with Changes

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 29, 2010
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Oct 13, 2010
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 946 (111th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 111th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 22, 2010. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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