Tuesday, April 3, 2012
North Carolina Public Notice News , California Saving Money
HAT TIP: LEGAL NOTICE BLOG
-------- CALIFORNIA - STATE LEGISLATURES PASS BILL TO MOVE CALTRANS LEGAL
NOTICES OUT OF PRINT SAVING $700K
*CALTRANS to Save $700K By Moving Legal Notices On Line*
This week, both California State Legislatures overwhelmingly passed Bill
would allow the California Department of Transportation to publish
their legal notices on their own web site . Specifically, the bill states:
/"4) Existing law requires public notice of a project under the State
Contract Act to be given by publication in a newspaper or trade
paper of general circulation, as specified.
This bill would authorize the Department of Transportation to
alternatively meet the public notice requirement through electronic
publication on the department's Internet Web site."/
Caltrans Assistant Director Tamie McGowen was quoted as saying that the bill
would save taxpayers $700,000
The bill passed the Senate 25-14 on June 15
passed the House 51-27 on the same day
The bill is awaiting signature by Governor Brown.
The bill contains necessary statutory changes in the area of
transportation to implement changes to the Budget Act of 2011 to achieve
almost $1 billion in savings.
One issue that could be improved is that this bill allows the government to
be the publisher of these notices. The California Newspaper
Association correctly argued that a third party should publish the notices.
We agree as long as almost all of the estimated $700,000 now being charged
by newspapers can be saved.
To read how other states are addressing this issue Click *HERE*
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