As we reported last month, a recently enacted change to state law has made the ONA’s public notice website,, the “official” website for digital notices in Ohio. While nothing has changed in terms of legal requirements to first publish notices in printed newspapers, beginning in March 2015 these notices must also be uploaded to in order for a newspaper to retain its right to accept notices.

To help ONA members understand what this change means for their papers, we have updated our Public Notices FAQ in the member-only section of our website.  The FAQ also contains information on the last significant update to the state’s public notice laws, which occurred in 2011. Both the 2011 and 2014 revisions to state law preserved the principle that public notices continue to primarily belong in newspapers, where research shows people want them, expect them and read them.

To access the FAQ, click here. If you need the password to access the member-only section of the website, email Jason Sanford at

The ONA will also be providing additional resources, including online training sessions, to help our members with this change. There will also be a workshop at the 2015 convention to discuss these changes. More information on these training resources will be announced in the coming weeks.

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