Feb 17, 2010 5:44 PM

Government notices could appear in free newspapers

Free newspapers could soon be able to carry public government notices under legislation being considered at the Capitol.

Right now, state law requires that only newspapers with paid circulation be used for official government advertisements.

That's caused problems in mountain resort communities where free papers have become more common. Some local governments now have to post ads in outside newspapers that aren't read in their communities to follow the law.

The proposal has already passed the House and cleared a committee vote in the Senate on Wednesday.  It's backed by the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Municipal League.


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