Newspaper publishers oppose a bill to allow meeting notices be posted online.
Rep. Paul Stam, an Apex Republican, sponsored the legislation to allow certain cities and counties to stop buying classified ads to announce public hearings.
An earlier version of the bill would have exempted all local governments, but Stam scaled it back to just towns in Wake and Mecklenburg counties after it met resistance.
Stam said the bill would give government a break on its expenses.
"Let's look for the things that would save counties and cities money while we're cutting the heart out of their budgets," he said.
Publishers and editors at the N&O and the Charlotte Observer lobbied against it, saying many people don't have Internet access. (N&O)