|KEEP THE PUBLIC
IN PUBLIC NOTICES
You have a right to know what could happen in your neighborhood before it happens. For decades, North Carolinians have relied on the newspapers in their communities to be THE place to go for notices of public hearings and planned changes by their local governments.
Some legislation introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly this year could result in taking those required notices out of newspapers. Instead all notices would be somewhere on the websites of the government bodies or agencies – places you may never even go on the Internet.
|What are public notices?
Public notices are required legal advertisements placed in newspapers by the government so that YOU know what's going on in your community and provide you with a chance to participate in a decision before it affects you and your rights.
They are published in newspapers to ensure the widest audience possible and provide non-governmental accountability to prove all legal requirements are met.
Allowing county, city, town and other levels of government and agencies to have complete control of the process is akin to letting the fox guard the hen house.
|Contact us at: North Carolina Press Association by phone at 919-789-2090 or 919-789-2093; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com|