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February 9, 2011

RE: Two Issues
I.   S-2072/A-2082 on Internet Advertising
II. Redistricting Data for Counties, Municipalities and Congressional Districts are now available & Census Bureau Launches Interactive Map Showing

Dear Mayor:

I.  S-2072/A-2082 on Internet Advertising

The League supports companion measurers, S-2072/A-2082, which permit municipalities and others to meet publication mandates for legal notices by posting such notices on officially designated government websites, so long as internet accessibility and reliability requirements are met.  To exercise this option, a municipality would need to annually adopt a resolution authorizing it to post its legal notices on the Internet. 

The municipality would, then, need to publish a newspaper notice that must include the full text of the ordinance authorizing internet publication and the URL of the public notice website.  Nothing in this bill alters existing notice content and publication time frame requirements, nor does the bill eliminate a municipality’s ability to meet publication requirements through newspaper publication as set forth under current law. 

Under the provisions in the current text, internet publication is only available to local governments when they can establish that free public Internet access is available in the jurisdiction.  The amended bill further requires that a link to the notice webpage be prominently displayed on the homepage of the publishing government entity and that the notice webpage address be advertised, along with a listing of free public Internet access locations, in one or more newspapers within the jurisdiction.  Additionally, publication websites must be accessible online at least 98 percent of the time on a continuous basis and the government entity must provide free copies of such notices when an interested person is unable to access the official website.  Notice websites are required to have search capabilities and other features to improve content accessibility.  The bill does not limit the length of time that a legal notice can remain posted on an official website, except to set minimum requirements for Internet publication.

According to the New Jersey Press Association, local governments in our State spend approximately $20 million, per year, on the legally required publication of official notices.  Approximately 60 percent of this amount is reimbursed to the local governments by private entities.  $8 million is funded by the local governments only.  Those municipal governments that choose to publish legal notices on the Internet rather than in an official newspaper will likely save some portion of this amount. 

In these trying times, any possible budgetary savings must be considered. This initiative provides one such possibility. Accordingly, we strongly support S-2072 and A-2082. The bills have been released by committees and are currently awaiting final action in their respective Houses.

Please contact your Legislators to express your position on this legislation. If you have any questions, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or jmoran@njslom.com.
RE: II. Redistricting Data for Counties, Municipalities and Congressional Districts are now available & Census Bureau Launches Interactive Map Showing

Redistricting Data for Counties, Municipalities and Congressional Districts

Now available on the 2010 Census Page at: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/census/2010/2010census_index.html  

and more directly by the following links:
http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/census/2010/cntydata10.html  

http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/census/2010/district10.html   

Data for tracts, blocks and voting districts will be posted as they are completed.

Census Bureau Launches Interactive Map Showing Local 2010 Census Data

What: Today, the U.S. Census Bureau launched an interactive map widget that showcases local-level 2010 Census population Counts being delivered on a state-by-state rolling basis through March.  The map currently displays data for each of the four states released this week: Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia. (Click on "Select Another State" on the map tool to select among the states that are currently available.)  Additional state maps will be added as their data become available.

The application enables users to view county-level population change from 1960 to 2010, as well as state-level data on race and Hispanic or Latino origin for 2010. The widget can be embedded on your website and will update as additional states are released. It can be found at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data.

The full local-level data set for these four states, which includes official census population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic or Latino origin and voting age, is available on American FactFinder. FactFinder can be used to access data for multiple geographies within each state, including census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts.

Interactive census data map: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data

American FactFinder: http://factfinder2.census.gov/main.html

Online press kit: http://2010.census.gov/news/press-kits/redistricting.html

Census Bureau's Redistricting Data Program: http://www.census.gov/rdo

Random Samplings blog post: http://blogs.census.gov/censusblog/2011/02/a-birds-eye-view.html

For more information about the U.S. Census Bureau, please visit http://www.census.gov  and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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