October 1, 2023


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New law allows local governments to post legal notices on their websites

Regional governments will no longer be necessary to article notices in newspapers or on newspaper web sites

Local and municipal governments won’t be required to publish authorized notices in community newspapers beneath a new legislation Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Tuesday evening.

In its place, governments can publish notices digitally on internet websites taken care of by county governments.

HB 7049 makes it possible for area governments to continue to article notices in area papers if they pick but the bill variations the regulation to make distinct that notices can be posted in papers that are dispersed for free.

The legislation also calls for any governmental agency located in a county with a population of much less than 160,000 to initially hold a public hearing and establish that its residents have ample entry to the Web before publishing lawful notices on a publicly accessible web page.

When the new regulation goes into result Jan. 1, it will negate a compromise proposal signed by DeSantis last year that permitted notices to seem on-line and in newspapers.

That law, championed by Rep. Randy Great, had been in influence for about two months right before legislators considered a new proposal in the 2022 Legislative Session.

Newspaper publishers across the state, especially for modest papers wherever these types of notices make up a substantial part of revenues, had been alarmed by the 2022 laws.

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