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NAA opposes moving public notices
out of local newspapers
Last week, the Newspaper Association of America joined the National Newspaper Association and the American Court and Commercial Newspapers in submitting comments to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice opposing proposed changes to their public notice rules. Both agencies would allow for the publication of public notices, related to changes in Medicaid benefits and to forfeitures by law enforcement agencies, only on government websites.
The newspaper groups argued that changing public notice rules to allow for publication only on government websites would limit government transparency and public knowledge. Government websites do not have the same audience reach as local newspapers (and their websites), and many segments of the population such as the poor, minorities and senior citizens do not have access to the Internet.
The comments made clear that the newspaper groups do not oppose Internet notice . Many people have access to the Internet and visit government websites. However, it is inappropriate to move public notices entirely out of printed newspapers as this would diminish the public's right to know about important government actions.
NAA will continue to work with other newspaper groups to monitor similar public notice proposals.
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