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Ad campaign focuses on need to protect public notices in newspapers and readers' right to know

You have the right to know what's happening in your community.

A new marketing campaign being rolled out by America's Newspapers highlights the need to protect public notices in newspapers and readers' right to know.

Newspapers can download this series of print and social media ads at no cost.  The print ads include space for the name or logo of the newspaper publishing them. 

The ads, produced in partnership with Sandpaper Marketing, call on readers to let their state legislators know that they value being able to access notices in the newspaper and that they are worth the investment.

If you have any difficulty accessing the files, email Greg Watson at America's Newspapers.

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Public Notices: Keeping Citizens informed
March 23, 2021 - By a vote of 8-3, the Florida Senate’s Judiciary Committee voted March 22 to send legislation to the Senate floor that — if approved — would authorize legal notifications in Florida, in certain cases, to be published on a website established by the Supreme Court, in lieu of newspaper publication. SB 402 also specifies that website publication constitutes proof of publication, unless otherwise determined by a court. 

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Let your state legislators know that you value being able to access notices in your newspaper and that they are worth the investment. There is a cost to keeping citizens informed, but the costs of not doing so are much higher!

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Updates from around the country

An example of a legal notice. (Photo by Dwayne Yancey / Cardinal News)
Public notices are increasingly less public. Two Virginia legislators want to change that.
Dwayne Yancey | Cardinal News

January 27, 2023 - Technology has changed but the law hasn’t. Senator Obenshain and Delegate Hope are pushing legislation that would allow government legal notices to be posted online.

Matt Walsh
Opinion: What is ‘effective’ notice?
Matt Walsh | Observer Media Group

January 25, 2023 - Florida’s Republican lawmakers hate the daily newspapers and for 25 years have sought to end laws requiring public notices in newspapers. Their answer: Let government control public notice. Ha!

Sarasota County to stop posting many of its public notices in local newspapers
Anne Snabes | Sarasota Herald-Tribune

January 20, 2023 - Sarasota County will no longer publish all of its legal advertisements, including those about hearings where the public can speak on new developments and rezonings, in local newspapers, as county commissioners eliminated that mandate on Wednesday.

Florida seeks to halt paid government notices in newspapers
Ray Schultz | MediaPost

August 29, 2022 - The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, contains “new provisions to allow such notices to be posted exclusively on specific government controlled websites or alternatively, in free newspapers or print publications that have not historically met the requirements to publish public notices,” Courthouse News Service reports.

The march toward darkness: Public notice requirements
Staff | Gilroy Dispatch

June 22, 2022 - The city of Gilroy, California, just put a charter amendment on the November ballot to eliminate the requirement for publishing bids in newspapers of general circulation. This June 22 editorial was published by the Gilroy Dispatch in response to the city's action.

Gov. Whitmer signs bills requiring Michigan papers to post public notices online, free to readers
Dave Boucher | Detroit Free Press

May 17, 2022 - Michigan newspapers need to post notices of public meetings or other similar announcements online in a manner that is free for everyone, according to a pair of bills Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed into law.

Nebraska Press Association supports law requiring newspapers to post notices on statewide website
Staff | Public Notice Resource Center

May 5, 2022 - One of the most important steps newspaper publishers can take to ensure newspapers continue to remain the exclusive vehicle for public notice is to expand the audience for those notices by posting them on their own website and on their state press associations’ statewide public notice website.

Bill would allow government agencies in Hawaii to reduce their newspaper advertising
Kevin Dayton | Honolulu Civil Beat

March 4, 2022 - The measure would allow state and county governments to publish certain public notices on their web sites.

Midwest press groups seek to modernize public notice laws
Staff | Public Notice Resource Center

March 1, 2022 - Press associations in four midwestern states are supporting bills that would update their states’ public notice laws.

Bill would scrap 2021 deal as public notices battle begins anew in Florida legislature
Jim Rosica | USA TODAY Network – Florida

February 1, 2022 - Lawmakers will again consider a proposal to allow government agencies in Florida "the option to publish legal notices on a publicly accessible website instead of in a print newspaper," according to a House staff analysis.

Bill requiring public notices on newspaper website passes South Dakota House
Dana Hess | Leader-Courier & Times

Jan. 28, 2022 - David Bordewyk, executive director of the South Dakota Newspaper Association, said: “This bill is about our industry being proactive and working to bring you a solution that will work well for the future of our state’s newspapers and, more importantly, for ensuring our local citizens are informed about what local entities are doing and how they are spending taxpayer dollars.”

Press association opposes potential public notice changes in Indiana
Stephen Key | Hoosier State Press Association

July 26, 2021 - The Indiana Supreme Court is considering a change to Trial Rule 4.13 that would allow an attorney to place notice on a website controlled by the Supreme Court rather than publish the notice in a local newspaper.

Editorial: Legal notices belong in local newspapers

June 10, 2021 - Legislation before the Rhode Island General Assembly would take a swipe at both newspapers and transparency in government — two things that are intrinsically linked. House Bill 6375 and Senate Bill 916 seek to override any state laws that require municipal governments to post notices in print newspapers.

Now legislation would wipe out the entire practice and override nearly 200 state statutes. Replacing the thousands of notices currently posted in the state’s newspapers would be a digital clearinghouse on the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website.

Colorado: Another misguided 'transparency' bill
Staff | The Daily Sentinel

June 3, 2021 - Leave it to the Legislature to introduce a “transparency” bill that actually makes it easier for board members of special taxing districts to keep the public in the dark. Indeed a better name for Senate Bill 21-262, the “Special District Transparency” bill, would be the “Obfuscation Opportunity” bill.

Government Transparency Act of 2021 introduced in North Carolina
Paul Mauney and Bill Moss | North Carolina Press Association

March 26, 2021 - Last week, many newspapers wrapped up coverage of Sunshine Week, a time set aside to promote government accountability through public records and public meetings. In North Carolina, the idea of sunshine has been more aspirational than reality-based. Now though, there is greater cause for celebration than we have seen in a long time, thanks to the introduction on Thursday of Senate Bill 355 — The Government Transparency Act of 2021.