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2021 Senate Bill 258: Mandate newspapers post printed legal notices on free website

Public Act 76 of 2022

Introduced by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R) on March 18, 2021
To require a newspaper in which government legal notices are published to also place these on a section of a website that can be accessed at no charge.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on March 18, 2021
Reported in the Senate on June 23, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the House on October 5, 2021
Referred to the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee on October 5, 2021
Reported in the House on March 16, 2022
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
To require a newspaper in which government legal notices are published to also place these on a section of a website that can be accessed at no charge. Note: Before the internet, even most small communities had daily or weekly newspapers, and state laws required them to publish certain local government notices to the public, for which they were paid. As the 21st century advances these laws have been modified to reflect changes in technology and the newspaper industry, with some changes opposed by newspapers previously paid to run the notices.
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on May 12, 2022

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