NC Senate gives initial OK on legal notice options

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 11:11 PM

More local governments would be allowed to post legal advertising online rather than in newspapers to comply with state law in a bill making its way through the General Assembly.

The Senate narrowly approved Monday night legislation that would allow 10 counties and cities within them to place notices for things like zoning changes, public hearing and lists of delinquent taxpayers on government web sites instead of in print.

Supporters call the change a money-saving measure for governments as more people have access to the Internet.

The North Carolina Press Association opposes the measure because it says people wouldn't see the notices and rural newspapers would be hurt by a loss of steady revenue.

The bill passed 26-23 but needs one more Senate vote before going to the House.