Legal Notice distribution needs changing
by Susan Winters
CT statute states that all legal notices
must be distributed in a printed newspaper. Now that the local Redding
Pilot is defunct, the town is searching for other outlets that fulfill
Although it doesn’t fill the “printed” requirements, hello, Redding
has always published the town legal notices so that our readership can
be informed. For the past few years before the printed papers demise,
hR’s readership was larger than the Pilot’s.
Print media is sadly dying and online media is the future. The statute must be changed to reflect this.
State Rep. Anne Hughes has proposed H.B. No. 6121: AN ACT PERMITTING
THE PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES ON MUNICIPAL INTERNET WEB SITES.
To permit the publication of legal notices on municipal Internet web sites.
Here’s how you can help. Contract our new legislators and let them know that you are in favor of leal notices appearing on both municipal and community websites.
HARTFORD, CT – State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) this week gave
support to legislation he introduced to the General Assembly to
eliminate gasoline zone pricing, a system of gasoline sales that
requires standard prices in certain locations that can often cost
consumers simply because of the town in which they live.
Senate Bill No. 419, “An Act Prohibiting Gasoline Zone Pricing,” is a
bi-partisan proposal introduced by Sen. Haskell, Sen. Tony Hwang
(R-Fairfield) and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport). The
Transportation Committee heard arguments for and against the legislation
at a public hearing this week.
“Every day, when I drive to work, I notice gas prices steadily decline
as I travel north,” said Sen. Haskell. “In Westport, drivers can pay up
to $2.90 per gallon, while drivers in Rocky Hill pay closer to $2.20 per
gallon. That’s because of gas zone pricing, which allows gas
distributors to charge more in certain areas. It doesn’t cost them more
to bring that gas to other locations, but that doesn’t stop them from
driving the price up anyway. That increases the cost of gas for everyone
in those towns – students, retirees, and working people alike. Our bill
would allow for greater competition in the market, leading to fairer
These pricing zones have been in place for decades, with a Mobil Oil
spokesman telling the General Law Committee in 1997 that they were
designed to make sure the company’s stations “did not compete
significantly with each other.” In the 22 years since, Fairfield County
has been negatively impacted by this anti-competitive practice. This
kind of legislation has been proposed time and time again over the last
few decades. In fact, a similar bill was endorsed by the Hartford
Courant in 2006.
“This legislation is pro-consumer and helps put money in the pockets of
Connecticut residents,” said Sen. Haskell. “There’s a reason why it’s a
bi-partisan bill – we’re fighting for our community. Gas stations should
be free to set competitive rates, not have prices dictated to them.
It’s been more than 20 years since the Task Force on Gasoline Pricing in
Connecticut recommended banning zone pricing. While legislators haven’t
been able to get this bill passed in past years, I’m going to continue
to fight to even the playing field.”
on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Town of Redding Assessor’s Office will be closed on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 for a system upgrade and training.