Introduced by Representatives Frank of Underhill, Atkins of Winooski, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Keogh of Burlington, McCullough of Williston and Smith of Morristown
Subject: Municipal government; public notice; internet
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to allow municipalities to publish notices on the internet in lieu of posting notice in a public place.
AN ACT RELATING TO NOTICE OF MUNICIPAL ACTIONS ON THE INTERNET
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 1 V.S.A. § 174 is amended to read:
§ 174. NOTICE BY PUBLICATION
(a) When a notice is required to be given by publication in a newspaper, it shall mean a newspaper published in the county where the subject matter is situated, pending or to be heard, or a newspaper published within the state which has a general circulation. In any case, in its discretion, the court may cause such notice to be further published in a newspaper which circulates in the neighborhood of the persons interested. Whenever a notice of any kind is required to be given by publication in a newspaper prior to a certain date for a certain number of weeks successively, it may be given by an insertion prior to such date once a week, for the number of successive weeks required, either in a daily, semi-weekly, or weekly newspaper. If such publication is in a daily or semi-weekly newspaper, such notice shall be inserted on the same day of each successive week.
(b) When notice of a municipal action is required to be given by posting the notice in a public place, it may be given by posting the notice on the internet.
The Vermont General Assembly
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