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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!


Download a two-page PDF from the Public Notice Resource Center: "Why Public Notice Should Remain in Newspapers"

Updates from around the country

Press association opposes potential public notice changes in Indiana

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

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

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.

CNPA partners with Column to build long-term public notice solution

May 25, 2021 - The California News Publishers Association and Column, a public benefit software startup, have announced a long-term strategic partnership designed to transform the future of public notice for the most populous state in the country. In partnership with Column, CNPA members will have access to public notice software that they can deploy to streamline internal operations and deliver a powerful new customer experience for local governments, legal services and businesses that are required to place notices.

In Indiana, future of notice arrives earlier than expected

April 7, 2021 - “As HSPA prepares potential legislation for the 2022 session,” says Executive Director Steve Key of the Hoosier State Press Association, “we hope to convince the leadership that public policy should continue to embrace the four key elements of effective public notice — accessibility, verification, archivability, and an independent conduit for the distribution of those notices to the public.”

Texas swamped with bad public notice bills

April 7, 2021 - Legislators in Texas have introduced at least 20 separate bills this session that could have an impact on public notice. Fourteen were introduced last month alone.

It’s House vs Senate in Florida

April 7, 2021 - Newspaper publishers from across the country are watching the moves taking place in the Florida legislature.  The Public Notice Resource Center reports that one of the primary concerns to be addressed during a hearing scheduled for Thursday, April 8, concerns the type of free newspapers that may qualify to carry notices.  This hearing on SB 402 is scheduled in Florida's Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice.

Florida House passes bill that would end required publishing of legal ads in newspapers

March 18, 2021 - The Florida House on Thursday passed a bill that would strip the state’s newspapers of legal advertising revenue.

Editorial: Government transparency is important

March 15, 2021 - The citizens of Wyoming were the beneficiaries one week ago when the Wyoming Senate rejected a bill that would have limited government transparency. By a 20-9 vote, Senate File 17, a bill brought by Sen. Tara Nethercott (R-Cheyenne), would have allowed cities, towns, counties and school districts to only place public notice information on their own websites.

Editorial: Keep public notices in the sunshine

March 12, 2021 - An editorial in the Citrus County Chronicle says that Florida House Bill 35, a repeat of last year’s unsuccessful measure, calls for eliminating the requirement for local governments to place public notices in newspapers in favor of local governments assuming that role with their websites.

Bill to end requirement that public notices be published in newspapers fails to pass in Idaho

Feb. 10, 2021 - A bill regarding public notices by Rep. Jon Weber, R-Rexburg, has failed to pass the House in Idaho. The bill would have ended the requirement that public notices be published in newspapers. After debate, the House voted 38-33 against the bill.

Public notices soon may no longer be available in Indiana newspapers

Feb. 2, 2021 - The House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee in Indiana voted 10-3 to eliminate mandatory newspaper publication of all public notices in favor of requiring localities to post notices on their website or their county's website.

North Dakota House rejects bill to end local public notices in newspapers

Feb. 1, 2021 - The North Dakota House of Representatives rejected a bill on Monday, Feb. 1, that would have eliminated the requirement for county or city governments to publish their bills and payments in local newspapers.