With little discussion, a bill that would broaden the competition for publishing legal ads in Jefferson and Orleans parishes zipped to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk Tuesday.
The state Senate voted 38-0 in favor of House Bill 787. The bill now goes to Jindal for deliberation.
State law says each parish in the state must designate a newspaper as the official publication to run judicial advertisements and legal notices. In order to be selected, newspapers are required to meet a number of different stipulations, among them is a requirement that the publication must have been physically located in the parish for five years. The New Orleans Advocate launched in 2012.
The Legislature made changes to the law a few years after The Times-Picayune stopped delivering a printed newspaper seven days a week. The changes allowed The Times-Picayune’s owner, NOLA Media Group, to continue to compete for the judicial advertisements and legal notices.