Bills Let More NC Local Governments Bypass Newspaper Notices
More local governments in North Carolina could bypass newspapers and instead post public notices online in legislation advancing in the state House. A pair of bills approved by a judiciary committee would allow city councils and county commissioners in about two dozen counties put notices on county-operated websites. State law usually requires these notices and advertisements be printed in the newspaper. Backers of the measures say the switch could help cash-strapped local governments cut advertising costs. The North Carolina Press Association opposes the bills, which in their current form wouldn't be subject to Gov. Roy Cooper's veto stamp.