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Bill giving municipalities more options for publishing legal notices advances

NEW JERSEY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that gives municipalities more options for publishing legal notices was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

“Local newspapers are a valuable resource for delivering important information throughout our communities,” said Stanfield (R-8). “This legislation gives local governments more options for publishing required legal notices by expanding the types of papers that qualify under state law. It could provide residents who don’t subscribe to daily papers greater access to important legal notices that might impact them.”

Currently, state law stipulates that legal notices published by municipalities may only be posted in “qualified newspapers” that meet certain requirements. These include newspapers that are of general paid circulation, are published entirely in English, and have published consistently for no less than two years, among other criteria.

Senator Stanfield’s bill, S-3466, expands the number of available newspapers that local governments have at their disposal to satisfy their legal notice requirements.

The bill changes the definition of “qualified newspaper” to any printed publication that is published and circulated at least once a week, for 48 weeks of the year. It also removes the requirement that a paper has paid circulation to allow free papers to qualify.

“The goal of this legislation is to enable local governments to publish legal notices in newspapers where residents are more likely to have access and be informed,” Stanfield said. “This may also help community newspapers that have struggled in recent years to survive.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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