Public notices help government transparency

Government units inform Americans about important actions taken or contemplated by placing public notice advertisements, or “legals,” in newspapers. This practice, as old as the United States, is no less valuable in an electronic age than it was when homes were lit by candlelight.

But today, some state and local elected officials argue that public notice advertisements should disappear from newspapers – replaced by postings on their government websites.

That would be a mistake. Besides democratic principles, there are multiple reasons for using Indiana newspapers to convey information that the state legislature has mandated to be shared with Hoosiers. CONSIDER THIS: Using newspapers inserts an independent third party with an incentive to make sure the notice is published on time and accurately. Continue>>>