• Amend = To change a law

  • De facto = "in reality" or "actually exercising power" What is actually done.

  • et seq. = Abbreviation for "et sequens." Latin for "and the following."

  • ex officio = Latin for "by virtue of one's office"

  • Heretofore = a time previous to the time a rule becomes effective

  • Hitherto = up to this point in time

  • Home rule = Right granted to cities by the Kansas Constitution, Article 12, Section 5, and granted to counties by K.S.A. 19-101a for the creation of local laws using "charter ordinances." See also "Ordinances, charter."

  • inter alia = Latin for "among other things"

  • Malfeasance = Intentional wrong doing

  • Municipality = In Kansas law for libraries, K.S.A. 12-1218, municipality means a county, township or incorporated city. In Kansas Cash Basis Law, K.S.A. 10-1101, municipality means any county, township, city, municipal university, school district, community college, drainage district and any other taxing district or political subdivision of the state which is supported with tax funds.

  • Misfeasance = Unlawful execution of lawful duty or action

  • Negligence = Omission of reasonable caution or care

  • Nonfeasence = Failure to perform an official duty or legal requirement

  • Ordinances = Generally, ordinances are local laws passed by the elected city council.

  • Ordinances, charter = A method for passing local laws that are in conflict with state laws on the same topics. Charter ordinances can only be used when

    1. the desired, new local law will conflict with a state law,

    2. when that state law does not uniformly apply to all Kansas cities of the same class and

    3. the state law is not about topics reserved solely for the Kansas legislature

    Charter ordinances state the part of the state law in conflict with state law and what the local law will be in its place. FAQ

  • Ordinances, ordinary or simple = A method of passing local laws that are not in conflict with state law. FAQ

  • Resolutions = Generally, special or temporary enactments of the city council or county commission. Some state statutes state whether an ordinance or resolution is required.


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