Public Notice Law
Public notices inform citizens of the everyday activities of government. From government spending to developing new policies, it is important for people to be informed of actions taken by public officials that affect citizens’ everyday lives. Public Notices are essential to a democracy and an informed citizenry. Without Public Notices, citizens cannot properly and adequately make informed decisions.
While the Internet is a great resource for information, public notices have been and remain most effective in newspapers. Newspapers are the watchdogs of their local communities and can most effectively monitor the actions of their respective local governments. This not only allows local residents to be informed but it also forces local public officials to be held accountable. Additionally, Notices in newspapers are permanent records that cannot be altered or deleted. They are also more accessible as anyone can have access to a newspaper as opposed to the internet.
In Oregon, legislators have long recognized the importance of maintaining an accountable and transparent government by requiring the publication of Public Notices in newspapers. In order to expand and enhance public access to such Public Notices, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association has established this Public Notice Database on a centralized web site maintained under a joint agreement with ONPA member newspapers. This is to be done at no additional cost to any government entity. This site, PublicNoticeOregon.com, is maintained by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents approximately 85 Oregon newspapers as well as associate and collegiate members.
Oregon’s Public Notice law is found in Chapter 193 of the Oregon Revised Statutes, and can be found by clicking here.