Online public notices replace paper in Alaska
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 24, 2000
All Alaskan state agencies are now required by law to post all public notices
on the Internet.
By logging onto the Alaska Online Public Notice System, people can view notices by category,
department, location, publication date and title. People can also search
the site using key words.
The system replaces the Alaska Administrative Journal, a weekly publication
of the lieutenant governor's office. With the advent of the Internet, the
subscription-based publication saw its numbers dwindle from 125 in 1995
to 12 this year. Of those, only one subscriber was based in Alaska.
Many agencies were already posting notices online. However, under the
law, all notices are required to be posted online. The new system will also
be run from the lieutenant governor's office.
Having public notices available online will not change requirements
relating to printing, posting and distribution of the notices, such as newspaper
notices for solicitations for bids or notification of public meetings.
For citizens without a computer, the system can be accessed at libraries
or state agencies that provide computers for public use. People can also
request a printed copy of the notices.