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Laws of Minnesota 1990 CHAPTER 395-H.F.No. 2018 An act relating to newspapers; changing filing requirements for qualification as a legal newspaper; amending Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 331A.02, subdivision 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 331A.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [QUALIFICATION.] No newspaper in this state shall be entitled to any compensation or fee for publishing any public notice unless it is qualified as a medium of official and legal publication. A newspaper that is not qualified must inform a public body that presents a public notice for publication that it is not qualified. To be qualified as a medium of official and legal publication, a newspaper shall: (a) be printed in the English language in newspaper format and in column and sheet form equivalent in printed space to at least 1,000 square inches; (b) if a daily, be distributed at least five days each week, or if not a daily, be distributed at least once each week, for 50 weeks each year. In any week in which a legal holiday is included, not more than four issues of a daily paper are necessary; (c) in at least half of its issues each year, have no more than 75 percent of its printed space comprised of advertising material and paid public notices. In all of its issues each year, have 25 percent, if published more often than weekly, or 50 percent, if weekly, of its news columns devoted to news of local interest to the community which it purports to serve. Not more than 25 percent of its total nonadvertising column inches in any issue may wholly duplicate any other publication unless the duplicated material is from recognized general news services; (d) be circulated in the local public corporation which it purports to serve, and either have at least 500 copies regularly delivered to paying subscribers, or have at least 500 copies regularly distributed without charge to local residents; (e) have its known office of issue established in either the county in which lies, in whole or in part, the local public corporation which the newspaper purports to serve, or in an adjoining county; (f) file a copy of each issue immediately with the state historical society; (g) be made available at single or subscription prices to any person, corporation, partnership, or other unincorporated association requesting the newspaper and making the applicable payment, or be distributed without charge to local residents; (h) have complied with all the foregoing conditions of this subdivision for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the notice publication; and (i)
the newspaper mustbetween October 1 and December 31 of each year publish and submit to the secretary of state, along with a filing fee of $25, a sworn United States Post Office second-class statement of ownership and circulation or a statement of ownership and circulation verified by a recognized independent circulation auditing agency covering a period of not less than one year ending no earlier than the June 30 preceding the filing deadline, provided that a filing published and submitted after December 31 and before July 1 shall be effective from the date of filing through December 31 of that year. Sec. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. Presented to the governor April 2, 1990 Signed by the governor April 4, 1990, 9:52 p.m.
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