A New Orleans City Council committee approved changes on Thursday that would allow more newspapers to bid to be the city’s officials journal.
The change would allow The New Orleans Advocate to bid on the contract to publish notices the city is required to advertise by law.
During a meeting of the council’s Government Affairs Committee Thursday, Council members Stacy Head, Jared Brossett and LaToya Cantrell voted to forward the changes onto the full council.
The city is required to publicly advertise a variety of government actions, ranging from changing ordinances to taking bids for work.
The city has published its notices in The Times-Picayune for years, most recently under a month by month contract.
The changes endorsed Thursday would allow any paper qualified to publish certain judicial advertisements in Orleans Parish to bid on the contract.
Under the new rules, The Advocate, Gambit, the Louisiana Weekly and The Times-Picayune would be eligible.
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.