2017 ORS 411.967¹
Forms and notices to be in plain language

Every form, notice, brochure or other written material of the Department of Human Services or the Oregon Health Authority intended for use by persons inquiring about, applicants for or recipients of public assistance or medical assistance shall be written in plain language. A form, notice, or brochure is written in plain language if it substantially complies with all of the following tests:

(1) Uses short sentences and paragraphs;

(2) Uses everyday words readable at an eighth-grade level of reading ability;

(3) Uses simple and active verb forms;

(4) Uses type of readable size;

(5) Uses uppercase and lowercase letters;

(6) Heads sections and other subdivisions with captions which fairly reflect the content of the section or subdivision and which are in boldfaced type or otherwise stand out significantly from the text;

(7) Uses layout and spacing which separate the paragraphs and sections of the document from each other and from the borders of the paper;

(8) Is written and organized in a clear and coherent manner;

(9) Is designed to facilitate ease of reading and comprehension; and

(10) Is readable at the sixth-grade level of reading ability except for vocabulary referred to in subsection (2) of this section. [1987 c.3 §3(1); 2013 c.688 §63]

Chapter 411

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Public Welfare Division records showing cost of medical services to welfare recipients as public records, (1972) Vol 35, p 1143

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 411—Public Assistance and Medical Assistance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors411.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 411, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano411.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.