Online Public Notice Bill, HB 2403, voted down in Arizona House Committee

Reposted from Legal Notice Online.

Online Public Notice Bill, HB 2403, which would have saved taxpayer money for states and municipalities, voted down in Arizona House Committee

ARIZONA- On-line Public Notice Bill HB 2403 Which Would Save State & Towns $, Voted down in Committee

In Arizona, Medicaid Cut. Newspapers Continue to Be Subsidized

In Arizona, where state money is so tight that the state’s Medicaid program needed to be cut, a shortsighted committee voted down an opportunity to save tax dollars used to subsidize newspapers.

Arizona’s House Committee on Technology and Infrastructure voted 5-2 today to continue to require the arcane practice of publishing legal notices in newspapers. As we reported two weeks ago, the bill (HB2403) would allow the local governments to publish public notices in a newspaper or post notices anywhere on a “worldwide public network of interconnected computers.” An estimated 20 newspaper representatives appeared at the hearing.

Representatives Dial, Gonzales, Proud, Wheeler, Seel voted no. Only Representatives Stevens and Pierce voted for it.

Separately, the Arizona budget was so tight this year that it included a provision that would cut off an estimated 100,000 poor childless adults from Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System coverage this year.

To read how other states are addressing this issue, click here.

Republicans Jeff Dial, Terri Proud and Carl Seel voted AGAINST the bill.


  1. North Valley Patriot says:

    While I disagree with the outcome of the vote, the author’s attempt to tie AZ budget cuts with private sector spending on notices is either silly or deliberately misleading. By making it seem like the money is being spent on notices rather than healthcare, a very false picture is created. Too bad to, because the space and time could have been spent on very good arguments on why the notices are relics and wasteful ones at that.

  2. cheepskate says:

    WOW! Why would any conservative vote this down? This is a big revenue source for the liberal media……

  3. I have a non profit corporation that provides aid for the poor. To finalize my corporation I must advertise in the newspaper $800.00.. Since most of funds over the past couple of years are internet generated I will not form my Corporation in Arizona, now that this bill has failed.
    Does anybody look at the stats on where people get news from…newspaper was the best source is the 1900′s….wake up everyone, save a tree, buy a computer and join the 20th century.

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