Papers face New Year’s public notice deadline

The Jan. 1 deadline is approaching for Maine newspapers with websites to post all public notices that appear in their print editions.
Under a state law passed this year with support from the MPA, the notices must be:
• Posted online no later than the day they appear in print.
• Accessible via a link from the home page of the newspaper’s website.
• Presented “in a clear and conspicuous manner,” large enough to be “clearly readable.”
• “The dominant subject matter” of the page on the website where they appear.
The law does not require newspapers without publicly accessible websites to develop them.
If you have questions about the requirements of the new law, contact the MPA at