On July 1, 2012 HB 2166 (PDF) 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.
- 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.