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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today issued a formal opinion addressing various issues concerning the publication of county proceedings and the publication of county legal notices. Van Hollen opined that counties with populations under 250,000 may print their own proceedings or post them on the county web site. Van Hollen also opined that such counties are not required to designate an official newspaper or to seek bids for the publication of county legal notices. While indicating that placement of county legal notices on a county web site is a desirable practice, Van Hollen also reasoned that placement of such legal notices on the county web site does not constitute newspaper or other publication under section 985.05(1) of the statutes or posting in a public place under section 985.02(2) of the statutes. The opinion was requested by Kenosha County Corporation Counsel Frank Volpintesta.
Formal and informal opinions issued by Attorney General Van Hollen are available here.