Legal notices; advertisement on websites by Towns of Damascus and Glade Spring. (SB765)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Advertisement of legal notices on websites by the Towns of Damascus and Glade Spring. Allows each of the Towns of Damascus and Glade Spring to publish required legal notices on the locality's website instead of advertising them in a newspaper having a general circulation in the locality. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/18/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102248D
12/18/2012Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/22/2013Rereferred from Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2013Rereferred to General Laws and Technology
01/24/2013Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/04/2013Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (3-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)


This bill mentions Glade Spring.


ACLU-VA Open Government, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

ACLU of Virginia joins the Virginia Press Association in opposing this legislation that would remove notices of pending government action from community newspapers and authorize localities to publish the notices only on government-run websites. ACLU-VA and the VPA believe that government should not be the only check on dissemination of public information. Newspapers continue to be the way most adults gather information about their government, particularly in communities with little or no high-speed internet connections. The cost of newspaper notices is not significant especially compared to the cost of developing and maintaining a secure website. Once printed in a newspaper, a government notice cannot be changed which is not true of information maintained on a website. Continued publication of public notices in newspapers is important to protecting transparency of information and open government.