Harford County Referendum on Online Legal Notice Publication

The website legal-notice.org is dedicated to the online publication of legal notices and the cessation of printing legal notices in newspapers.  The site offers to host county legal notices online and also maintains a blog that provides information about online publication efforts throughout the United States.  A September 29 blog article highlights a Harford County ballot initiative that would partially move their legal notice publication online:

On November 6, Harford County, Maryland will be voting on a charter amendment that will reduce the requirement to publish notices in print while saving the county money. At present, public notices need to be published in two newspapers. Question F on the ballot will allow the county to publish notices in only one newspaper and on one “official site.”

MACo has supported legislation in the past to remove the newspaper publication requirements for legal notices in Maryland, citing widespread Internet access and cost savings.  The Maryland Municipal League has adopted online publication of legal notices as one of its initiatives for the 2013 Session.  Newspapers have strongly opposed any attempt to move the publication of legal notices online.

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