newspaperRALEIGH–North Carolina newspapers would be required to publish legal notices on both their websites and in their print editions for the same price in legislation that the House approved overwhelmingly.

The chamber voted 115-4 on Monday night for the online posting mandate when local and state governments alert the public to proposed zoning and annexation changes, public hearing dates and other actions.

Website listings would be posted for free. Government bodies also would receive a 15 percent break on newspaper print advertising prices for repeat notices.

The legislation backed by the North Carolina Press Association is moving as cities and counties want the option to post legally required public notices on their own websites, instead of paying a newspaper to run them.

The bill now goes to the Senate.