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2014 House Bill 5560: Revise, eliminate certain government notice publication in newspapers
  1. Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on May 8, 2014, to repeal the requirement that local governments publish certain legal notices in local newspapers, and instead require them to post these on their own website. The change would be phased in over a 10 year period.
    • Referred to the House Local Government Committee on May 8, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on November 13, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
  2. Passed 62 to 47 in the House on December 4, 2014, to repeal the requirement that local governments publish certain legal notices in local newspapers, and instead require them to phase-in new "electronic dissemination and archival protocols" over a 10 year period, including rules for posting these on a government or agency's own website. For the first five years voters could decide if they prefer newspaper publication. Governments would have to compile permanent public notice lists enabling regular or electronic mailings to those desiring notice of legal matters.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 9, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on December 9, 2014.

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