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Bill to end legal notice requirement in newspapers advances

Idaho Statehouse
Posted at 9:24 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 11:24:49-05

BOISE, Idaho — Legislation to end the requirement that government agencies publish legal notices in newspapers is heading to the full House.

The House State Affairs Committee on Thursday approved the measure that would eliminate a source of income for Idaho newspapers. Republican Rep. Jon Weber sponsored the bill that has appeared in various forms in previous years but ultimately failed.

Weber says the bill is needed to save government entities money. Lawmakers opposed to the measure say it will make finding legal notices difficult to impossible. Legal notices are a form of advertising government entities in Idaho are required to purchase to publicize such things as new laws, construction projects or meetings.