State and local governments are almost as pressed as newspapers these days to shave expenses in the face of falling revenues.
That has given fresh impetus to efforts that would allow municipalities to post all or some of their legal notices electronically rather than as print advertising.
Proposals to loosen legal notice requirements pop up every year in various states. Always, until now, state press associations and individual newspapers have mobilized successful lobbying campaigns that have gotten the bills withdrawn or killed in committee.
Though that scenario has happened twice already in January in New Jersey and Florida, the legislative season is young. 2012 just might be the year some state takes the plunge, bucks the wishes of constituents who buy ink by the barrel, and allows a form of online posting to satisfy legal notice requirements.