RHODE ISLAND - Governor Chafee's Proposed Budget Assumes End of Newspaper Legal Notice Requirement
The Providence Journal reports 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 ability to post those notices online. Newspaper publishers across the state predictably oppose the measure to save cash-strapped municpalities, school districts, counties and the state money. We estimate, extrapolating from reported spend in other states, public notices cost $3.4 million in Rhode Island. No indication was given as to the process that needs to occur to make Article 22 become law.