Effective July 1, 2012, municipalities in the State of Kansas are allowed to publish summaries of ordinances in their official newspapers instead of publishing ordinances in their entirety, provided that certain requirements are met.
Per HB 2166, a certified summary of an ordinance is to be published in the official newspaper following its adoption by the Governing Body, but prior to its effective date. The summary must be certified by the City Attorney that it is legally accurate and sufficient. The summary must also contain the website where the public will be able to access a copy of the original ordinance for a minimum of one week following publication of the summary. The summary must also state whether the ordinance is subject to a protest petition. Charter ordinances may not be published in summary form.
The City of Abilene will post all new ordinances and resolutions on this section of the City's website for public viewing. Copies of original ordinances published in summary form will be provided to the public at no charge; resolutions and ordinances not published in summary form are subject to charges per the City's Comprehensive Fee Schedule
. Copies of original ordinances or resolutions are available during business hours at City Hall located at 419 N. Broadway Street in Abilene, Kansas.
The City of Abilene must annually designate its official newspaper for publication purposes; the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle is designated the official newspaper of the City of Abilene.