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Conemaugh Health System is moving away from color codes – like Code Red or Code Blue – to signal emergencies, and instead will use plain language codes: a short description of the emergency and location. Experts say standardizing codes is a national trend, though Maryland is the only state with rules on uniform health care emergency codes. 

City Council is slated on Wednesday to consider Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak's plain language resolution, which aims to do away with forms and other documents filled with legalese that may be hard for some people to understand.

With six years under her belt, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said she’s tired of noticing confusing city forms and documents.

Rudiak introduced a bill Tuesday which would require city employees to make every document they create easier to read and understand, adhering to plain language guidelines.

Rudiak said they can’t have the grammar police standing behind every single city employee as they create every publicly accessible form, however.