RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina Press Association is claiming victory in a battle to maintain government notices in newspapers, but the war isn't yet over.
Two bills in the state House that would have chipped away at newspaper monopolies over notices of public meetings failed to meet a deadline for the two-year legislative session ending in 2014. But a Senate version of one bill wasn't subject to that deadline.
Rep. Chuck McGrady of Hendersonville argued his bills broaden public notice options to the Internet, e-mail and direct mail. He said the press was simply protecting its financial interests while hiding behind pure intentions.
Advocates for newspaper publishers say posting notices online would force the public to visit many web sites to see announcements of government plans.