The League is a strong advocate for a modernized approach to legal advertising. As traditional print newspapers consolidate and publish less frequently, it has become increasingly difficult and costly to local governments to meet the current advertising requirements.
Municipalities are required to advertise notice of public meetings, proposed ordinances, contracts, requests for proposals and other official business in a newspaper of general circulation. In most instances, there is only one newspaper of general circulation in each municipality, eliminating the ability to seek competitive pricing.
The League supports authorization for municipalities to use cost effective alternatives to traditional newspapers, such as pennysavers, merchandisers and other low-cost local newspapers, or to advertise on a municipal or statewide website.
Senator John Disanto expressed intention to reintroduce legislation, formerly Senate Bill 1222, providing local governments with various methods to advertise notices, including both print and online media. Representative Jason Ortitay also expressed intention to reintroduce legislation, formerly House Bill 2743, which includes similar language to Senator DiSanto’s cosponsor memo.