A New Jersey Assembly committee has advanced a measure that would allow governments at the local, state and federal level to post legal notices online instead of newspapers. The bill’s already been approved by a Senate committee.
Advocates for the bill say the measure will save governments time and money by allowing them to post notices of public meetings and other matters on their websites, rather than doing so through newspapers.
But the Associated Press reports the newspaper industry is concerned about the loss of advertising money from the paid notices. Bill sponsors say the government could save $70 million a year with the measure. The NJ Press Association puts the overall number at $20 million, with $8 million coming from taxpayers.