Governments say they want to run notices on their own websites, with no public oversight, to save money. We understand that saving money is in everyone’s interest. That’s why the North Carolina Press Association has teamed with some smart legislators to propose a bipartisan bill (HB 723) that cuts newspaper prices for these ads and offers to post every notice on a newspaper website with a free statewide website provided at no cost to government or taxpayers.
Everybody wins — governments save money and the public sees notices that could change lives. Newspapers remain strong and continue to defend transparency and government openness against all comers.
Public notices exist because the public has the right to know what government is doing in its name. Don’t let special interests take your rights away. Call and email your legislators and tell them YOU want to know what’s going on! Tell them to support House Bill 723!
In a similar vein, we have a severe problem with compliance with Open Meetings Laws in the Dept. of Health and Human Services in North Carolina. I asked to be sent emails of major meetings of Commissions and Councils that are advisory bodies of DHHS, and I was told to look at their web site. The won't even send emails, and the web sites are mostly out-of-date and difficult to navigate.
As the writer says, "Government unchecked is government unchained." This is posted on the NC Spin TV Show's web site posted by Beth Grace, the ED of the NC Press Assn. Read more here: