Chief Sponsor: Scott H. Chew

Senate Sponsor: Jacob L. Anderegg


8     General Description:
9          This bill amends a provision related to legal notice by publication in a newspaper of
10     general circulation.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     modifies the criteria for a publication to be considered a newspaper of general
14     circulation for the purpose of legal notice.
15     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16          None
17     Other Special Clauses:
18          None
19     Utah Code Sections Affected:
20     AMENDS:
21          45-1-201, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 388

23     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24          Section 1. Section 45-1-201 is amended to read:
25          45-1-201. Newspapers "of general circulation" -- Requirements.
26          [No newspaper shall be deemed a newspaper having general circulation for the purpose
27     of publishing any notice, advertisement or publication of any kind required by law, unless it
28     has]
29          For the purpose of publishing notice required by Utah law, a "newspaper of general

30     circulation" means a newspaper that:
31          (1) has a bona fide subscription list of not less than 200 subscribers in this state[, and
32     shall have];
33          (2) has been published for [not less than 18 months, and shall have been admitted in
34     the United States mails as second-class matter for 12 months; provided, that nothing in this
35     chapter shall invalidate the publication in a newspaper which has simply changed its name or
36     ownership, or has simply moved its place of publication from one part of the state to another,
37     or suspended publication on account of fire, flood or unavoidable accident not to exceed 10
38     weeks; provided further, that nothing in this chapter shall apply to any county wherein no
39     newspaper has been published the requisite length of time.] 18 months or longer; and
40          (3) (a) has been eligible for mailing under a United States Postal Service periodicals
41     permit for at least 12 months; or
42          (b) (i) publishes at least 12 issues in each year; and
43          (ii) is composed of, as a percentage of each issue's total content not including inserts
44     and special sections, at least 25% content that:
45          (A) the newspaper receives no compensation to publish; and
46          (B) is of local or general interest.