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Written by Terri House, Colorado Press Association president, The Pagosa Springs SUN   

Since statehood, Colorado citizens have relied on legal (or public) notice advertising in newspapers throughout the state to be informed of important governmental actions.

State agencies, counties, municipalities and special districts post their legal notices in community newspapers. Publication of these notices in newspapers provides a centralized location for legal notices.

Colorado Counties, Inc., the association of county commissioners, voted early this month to pursue legislation to allow counties to post their legal notices on individual county websites instead of printing those notices in community newspapers.

The public cannot reasonably be expected to keep track of governmental activities when there are literally thousands of state agencies and counties, municipalities, special districts and school districts with their own websites.

It would be cumbersome for taxpayers to search each individual website operated by the various governmental agencies for information that they need. Spreading these types of notices in different places across the Internet would hinder the public’s access to important public information.

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Holyoke Enterprise October 30, 2014