Bill on electronic notices pulled from floor representative
JUNEAU, Alaska – The sponsor of a bill that would allow municipalities to post certain public notices online rather than in newspapers said Tuesday that he asked that the bill be pulled from the House floor to protect his colleagues.
"I wasn't going to put my members in the position of having to vote on a matter that I have heard from so many of them was going to cause them problems with their local newspapers," Rep. Mike Hawker said in an interview.
SNPA has two member newspapers in Alaska: Juneau Empire and the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai.
HB275 was on the House calendar Monday, but it was sent to the House Rules Committee at Hawker's request. The committee is where bills sometimes go for additional work or until there is sufficient support for them to pass.
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Future eBulletins will examine some of the ideas that came out of this meeting, beginning with a look at how one company evaluates editorial excellence produced by its newsrooms.
Special thanks to Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers, Inc., for moderating the Forum.