Publication of New Ordinances
On July 1, 2012 HB 2166 went into effect. It amends K.S.A. 12-3007, the law that required cities to publish ordinances before they are effective. Instead of publishing the full ordinance in the local newspaper, cities have another option… a city may opt to publish a summary of the ordinance so long as:
- The publication is identified as a ‘‘summary’’ and contains notice that the complete text of the ordinance may be obtained or viewed free of charge at the office of the city clerk;
- the city attorney certifies the summary of the ordinance prior to publication to ensure that the summary is legally accurate and sufficient; and
- the publication contains the city’s official website address where a reproduction of the original ordinance is available for a minimum of one week following the summary publication in the newspaper.