Rhode Island Governor Chafee's Proposed Budget Assumes the End of Newspaper Legal Notice Requirement
The Providence Journal reports today that Governor Chafee's proposed budget contemplates the enactment of Article 22, "The Modernization of Legal Notices and Advertisements". Article 22 would replace the requirement to publish notices in newspapers with the option to post those notices online. Newspaper publishers across the state predictably oppose the measure to save cash-strapped municpalities, school districts, counties money. We estimate, extrapolating from information reported in other states, total spend for legal notices in print in Rhode Island is $3.4 million. No indication was given as to the timeline until Article 22 becomes law.