House narrowly defeats bill to yank notices from newspapers

PHOENIX — The laws requiring cities and counties to pay to publish their legal notices in newspapers are safe, at least for the time being.

Legislation to partially scrap that mandate failed Wednesday on a 26-31 vote as most Democrats united with about a third of House Republicans. Foes on both sides of the political aisle questioned whether government can be trusted to police itself. Wednesday’s action, however, is not the last word. On a voice vote, lawmakers agreed to revisit HB 2533 on Monday.

That gives Rep. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, less than a week to round up the necessary 31 votes for final approval.

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