Allows for online publication of public notices.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general construction law, in relation to allowing for online publication of public notices
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Allows for online publication of public notices.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subject to the provisions of subdivision two of this section and notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, in any case in which notice of any fact is required by law to be published or advertised in a newspaper, such requirement, in addition such requirement shall be satisfied by publication of the notice in an online news publication.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently New York law requires the publication of public notices in either daily or weekly newspapers. The law appears to define newspapers as printed matter. Online Publication of public notices would allow for public notices to be searched through a web site's search function or through a public search engine. Moreover, it would lead to faster publication cycles, and a wider dissemination of notices. Lastly, it may lower the cost to individuals and government, by decreasing the needs for paper, printing, and revenue support for inefficient legacy business.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4433/A.6058; Referred to Judiciary
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1110 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the general construction law, in relation to allowing for online publication of public notices THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general construction law is amended by adding a new section 40-a to read as follows: S 40-A. PUBLIC NOTICES AND PUBLICATIONS. 1. SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION AND NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, IN ANY CASE IN WHICH NOTICE OF ANY FACT IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE PUBLISHED OR ADVERTISED IN A NEWSPAPER, IN ADDITION SUCH REQUIREMENT SHALL BE SATISFIED BY PUBLICATION OF THE NOTICE IN AN ONLINE NEWS PUBLICATION THAT: A. PROVIDES GENERAL INTEREST NEWS ON A DAILY BASIS TO A DEFINED GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION; AND B. HAS BEEN CONTINUOUSLY PUBLISHED FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR PRIOR TO THE DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE NOTICE. 2. ANY PUBLICATION MADE PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO ALL REQUIREMENTS AND STIPULATIONS OF PUBLICATION IMPOSED BY LAW OR BY ORDER OF A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION WITH REGARD TO THE NOTICE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A REQUIREMENT THAT THE NOTICE BE PUBLISHED IN A NEWSPAPER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00200-01-3