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Bill defeated after lawmakers speak up for rural newspapers

February 5, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers speaking up in favor of local newspapers helped defeat a proposal that would have loosened requirements to post legal notices in the publications.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Republican sponsor Rep. Kim Coleman says the notices are costly and inefficient, and parties can be notified individually. Republican Marc Roberts agreed, saying he has never subscribed to a newspaper and even turned down a free offer from a neighbor.

But Republican Rep. Merrill Nelson objected, saying the notices give small publications important revenue in rural communities. Nelson says the idea would do more harm than good. Democrats joined in voting against the bill, which was defeated in a 39-35 vote.

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