From The Plain Dealer

As soon as Tuesday, the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee could approve a measure that appears aimed at eliminating published legal notices about the public sales of property that owners abandon in self-storage units.

Such a measure would defeat the purpose of these public announcements.

The proviso was tacked onto an unrelated legal-procedure bill (pdf) that the House passed last December. Backing the amendment is the Self Storage Association, which says it represents 1,600 Ohio self-storage facilities.

It is opposed by the Ohio Newspaper Association.

The amendment would allow notice of public sales of abandoned self-storage property to be given either in newspaper advertisements, published once a week for two consecutive weeks, or “in any other commercially reasonable manner.”

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