From the North Vernon Plain Dealer and North Vernon Sun:

Q: What is the requirement for legal publication of county claims? We used to publish the list of claims to be presented to the commissioners on a monthly basis. It included various departments of the county government and was a fairly lengthy list. In recent years, however, that has been reduced to court claims only.

A: The publication of county claims was eliminated back when the legislature approved the bill to give newspapers a yearly 2.75 percent rate increase on public notices placed by government agencies. The court claims are still required to be published though.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.