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Under a bill that was added to the agenda of the Assembly and Senate late this afternoon, individuals, businesses and governments would no longer be required to put legal in newspapers.
The measure, S20272, is set to be voted upon on Monday, the final voting day of the present legislative session.
Instead, governments would be allowed to post their notices on websites.
The bill, which is being fought by the newspaper industry, has been delayed for eleven months after arriving at the Senate and Assembly committee level early last year and during the summer of 2010.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat from Gloucester, and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, a Democrat from Essex, had withdrawn in February their support for the measure. During that time, Sweeney had said, “I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere” and also added that the measure is likely to cause a loss of jobs.
On the other hand, a spokesman for Oliver stated at that time that she decided not to post the measure “after reviewing the bill and issues and questions surrounding it.”
A sponsor of the measure, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, a Republican from Union, said he was surprised to learn that it had been posted and only knew about it late this afternoon.
Bramnick said that he does not know the reason for the unexpected push, or why the leadership changed its mind.
He said, “You’re going to have to ask the Speaker. To be honest with you, I appreciate them posting the bill, but I’m not sure exactly what changed her mind.”