With the start of the 2017 legislative session two months away, a couple of bill drafts have been proposed that would have significant effects on public notices in Nevada.
One is Senate Bill 10, prefiled by the state Treasurer’s Office, to change how unclaimed property notices are published in the state’s newspapers. Instead of listing the names of owners of unclaimed property, the bill would require a full-page notice pointing people to the treasurer’s unclaimed-property web site, where they could look up their names.
The change would have the biggest impact in Clark County, where the Las Vegas Review-Journal last year printed 30 pages of names. Washoe County had four pages, if I remember correctly, Carson City had two and Elko had one. I believe most smaller papers published less than a page of names.
The bill maintains the requirement for notices in print but would give the Treasurer’s Office greater flexibility in how it advertises unclaimed property.
Another bill is a return for the third time of an effort by the Nevada Broadcasters Association to move notices onto the broadcasters’ web sites. It’s still in undrafted form. Previous bills promoted by the broadcasters in Nevada have not been successful.