NC bill allows governments to put legal ads on Web

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

A bill allowing local governments to put legal notices on the Internet instead of the local newspaper has been endorsed by a Senate committee.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/112Eg5e) discussion on the bill Tuesday prompted one newspaper supporter to accuse Senate leaders of "targeting the newspaper industry."

An attorney for the North Carolina Press Association, John Bussian, says the bill is an attempt to financially damage newspapers. Legal advertising is a source of revenue for newspapers and is especially important for smaller publications.

Newspaper executives say many people in rural areas would not see the ads if they are only available on the Internet.

Supporters of the measure say it would save money for local governments.

The bill is scheduled for a vote in the full Senate on Thursday.