The New Orleans City Council approved changes Thursday that will give more newspapers a shot at being chosen as the city’s official journal.

The changes allow The New Orleans Advocate to bid on the contract to publish notices that the city is required by law to advertise.

The council unanimously approved the changes Thursday as part of its consent agenda, after its Governmental Affairs Committee signed off on them last week. 

The legal notices, which include proposed ordinances, calls for bids for public work and other advertisements, were published for years in The Times-Picayune.

Under the new rules, The Advocate, Gambit, The Louisiana Weekly and The Times-Picayune would be eligible to bid on the contract.  

Only one official journal is selected annually. 

The New Orleans Advocate won the right to publish official notices in Jefferson Parish in 2014, and the resulting competitive bidding resulted in substantial savings for local agencies there.