Q&A: Public Notice Advertising Law

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From The Daily Reporter (Greenfield):

Question: We have some townships that have delivered their annual report after our deadline for guaranteeing publication by the date necessary for them to meet their state-set deadline. Can the newspaper charge them a “rush charge” to cover the extra effort required by the newspaper to set the report in time for their publication deadline?

Answer: There is no provision in the Public Notice Advertising Law (I.C. 5-3-1) for a fee to expedite the preparation of a public notice to meet a statutory deadline.

In a worst-case scenario, the notice publication won’t occur by the deadline if the public official submitting it doesn’t give the newspaper adequate time to prepare the notice for publication.

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

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