Paul LePage says legal notice bill props up ‘dying, antiquated industry’

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AUGUSTA — Maine’s Republican governor says requiring legal notices to be printed in newspapers “props up a dying, antiquated industry.”

Gov. Paul LePage is no fan of Maine newspapers, and has said journalists use words to destroy people.

State legislators on Thursday overrode LePage’s veto of a bill that requires the continued posting of newspaper legal notices on a publicly accessible website.

The bill doesn’t address existing requirements that legal notices be printed in newspapers.

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But the governor says he couldn’t support the bill because lawmakers must explore eliminating such requirements, which he calls a “taxpayer subsidy of the worst sort.”

In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has said he’ll make such a change a priority in 2017.

Lobbying efforts from publishers have stopped similar efforts in other states.

Gov. Paul LePage

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