Pennsylvania Study Group Fights for Printing Job in 3 Papers

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By: E&P Staff

In Pennsylvania, the Luzerne County Government Study Commission is looking to have county commissioners approve its request to pay three local newspapers to print copies of its report on a proposed home-rule charter.

If the printing contract isn’t approved, the study commission is willing to go to court to fight for it.

The study commission wants about 100,000 copies of its home-rule charter report to be inserted in Sunday editions of The Citizens’ Voice, Standard-Speaker and Times Leader on Oct. 10. The commission also wants all three newspapers to print and insert a summary of the charter in Sunday newspapers on Oct. 24.

The cost: $11,776.

County Commissioner Chairwoman Maryanne Petrilla told the Citizens’ Voice the commissioners should only approve payments to print the home-rule charter report from the Citizens’ Voice and Standard-Speaker because county commissioners this summer had approved an agreement with those newspapers for legal and general advertising. 

The study commission said in a release that eliminating the Times Leader from the plan “would cut intended exposure to the citizens of Luzerne County by nearly half, compromising the intention of the widest dissemination of the Charter to the citizens of Luzerne County as directed by law.”

The county commissioners plan to vote on the study commission request Oct. 1. 

According to the Citizens’ Voice, voters will be asked on the Nov. 2 election ballot if they want to implement the government proposed by the home-rule charter, which would replace the current setup with three county commissioners as the primary decision-makers. The charter would establish a council of 11 part-time members who would appoint a manager to run day-to-day affairs.

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