- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Another effort to allow local government notices and other legal items to be posted on websites instead of in North Carolina newspapers has cleared the state Senate.

The chamber voted 30-19 on Tuesday to give county commissioners or town councils the option to post announcements online rather than the newspaper. Notices covered by the bill now heading to the House include items like zoning proposals, contract bids and foreclosures.

Counties that post notices on their websites would charge fees for certain legal notices, with half the proceeds going to local teacher pay supplements.

Similar electronic notice bills have been proposed for years. Supporters say online publication could save taxpayer money. Critics worry it could hurt small newspapers and make it harder for rural residents to access the information.

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