Press association offers online site for public notice ads
Friday, August 30, 2013 11:00 AM
The Hoosier State Press Association has launched an improved online clearinghouse of Indiana public notice advertisements, another tool to provide citizens with important information on government activities.
The association revamped its website for public notices - www.indianapublicnotices.com - with easy-to-navigate features and a large collection of listings from across the state updated daily.
All of the notices on the website also were printed in newspapers, the most trusted source for community information. Users can search for public notices by keyword, date, newspaper or location for free.
"This serves as a valuable government-transparency tool," said Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel.
Public notices contain a wealth of information about issues facing a community: building projects, foreclosures, zoning, liquor licenses and much more.
HSPA is committed to making public notices easily accessible, said Robyn McCloskey, president of the HSPA board of directors.
"Public notices remain one of the three pillars of government transparency," McCloskey said. "Indiana's Public Notice Advertising Law joins the Access to Public Records Act and Open Door Law in supporting the public's right to know how public servants conduct business."
The publication of notices in newspapers and on their websites puts information about local, county and state government in places where people are likely to find it, Key said.
"This results in maximum government transparency," Key said. "Indianapublicnotices.com offers another tool to track how elected leaders make decisions and spend tax dollars."
Indianapublicnotices.com also includes a link to HSPA's online Indiana newspaper directory. The searchable index contains information on circulation sizes, leadership, publication schedule and more.
"HSPA continues to invest in services that promote the public's right to know how government operates," McCloskey said. "This website makes statewide public notices available in one place from trusted sources - Indiana newspapers and the Hoosier State Press Association."
- Information from the Hoosier State Press Association