SEC. 21-17-19. Publication of substance of public measure or amendment; content; full text to be posted.
(1) Whenever a municipality is required by law to publish in a newspaper any public measure or amendment thereto, the substance of the public measure or amendment thereto may be printed in lieu of the full text of the public measure or amendment thereto, as provided in this Section. Such a public measure shall include, but shall not be limited to, an ordinance, resolution, amendment to a municipal charter or annual audit. The provisions of this section shall not apply to publication of the annual budget or amendments thereto; such publication shall be made as provided in Chapter 25 [35; see Editor's Note, below], Title 21, Mississippi Code of 1972.
(2) The substance of the public measure or amendment thereto shall be an explanatory statement summarizing the full text of the public measure or amendment thereto, in which the chief purpose of the measure is explained in clear and unambiguous language. Such statement shall be prepared by the governing authorities of the municipality, and shall not exceed three hundred (300) words in length to the extent practicable.
(3) During the entire time of the publication of the explanatory statement in a newspaper, a copy of the full text of the public measure or amendment thereto shall be posted by the clerk of the municipality (a) at the city hall, (b) at the main public library in the municipality, or at the courthouse in the judicial district or county in which the municipality is located; and in addition, the clerk shall post such copy at least at one (1) other public place in the municipality. The clerk shall furnish any resident of the municipality a copy of the full text of the public measure or amendment thereto upon request, and this shall be stated in the publication of the explanatory statement.
SOURCES: Laws, 1988, ch. 457, Sec. 1, eff from and after December 8, 1988 (the date the United States Attorney General interposed no objection to the addition of this section).