Local Government Committee hears discussion on Public Notice Advertising

KPA, the League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, Kentucky School Boards Association, Kentucky Department for Local Government, State Archives Department and more went to the table Wednesday for a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government. Two hours were set aside for the groups to discuss Public Notice Advertising.

Certainly, those groups representing government are pushing for notices to be published on government websites as opposed to in newspapers. All for the sake of saving money, without mentioning the problem of having government agencies control what they publish, when the publish it, for how on it’s published. Government agencies in control of that is dangerous.

The committee meeting was videotaped by Kentucky Educational Television and it’s available now at https://www.ket.org/legislature/?archive&nola=WLEGP+017018

You’ll notice at the beginning Christine Upton, Hopkinsville City Clerk and president of the Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association, talk about the success of her city’s social media efforts — 53,000 visitors, 160,000 hits — in the last six months. I don’t doubt her figures, though I can find them anywhere on the Hoptown website. But I do note if it’s just the last six months, what were the numbers before that? If you check the Comments on the city’s website, you’ll note most every one is about the eclipse. If Hopkinsville wasn’t the epicenter of the August 21 total eclipse, wonder what real numbers would be like?

KPA’s segment begins at about the 50-minute mark. By design, we wanted to be last in case we needed to counter-point other issues raised by the public agency groups.

At least two State Reps, Phil Moffett from Louisville and Brian Linder from Williamstown, said they would survey constituents to see which method — in newspapers or online — they preferred. Rep. Moffett started his own survey on Thursday on his Facebook Page. He received 94 comments the first day. But his survey is limited to those with online access. I wouldn’t say it’s representative of the public. But still there are numerous comments supporting publication in newspapers, even if it’s limited to those who have internet access and know what Facebook is.

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