(a) Ordinances may be enacted by the legislative body of any town, city, borough or fire district. Any such ordinance so enacted, except when enacted at a town or district meeting, shall become effective thirty days after publication thereof in some newspaper having a circulation in the municipality in which it was enacted, provided, upon a petition of not less than fifteen per cent of the electors of such municipality filed with the town or borough clerk, as the case may be, within thirty days after the publication of such ordinance, asking that the same be submitted to the voters of such municipality at its next regular or special meeting, it shall be so submitted and in such event shall not become effective unless a majority of the voters voting at such meeting vote in favor thereof. Any ordinance enacted at a town or district meeting shall become effective fifteen days after publication thereof in some newspaper having a circulation in such town or in such district, as the case may be. Cities and other municipalities whose charters provide for the manner in which they may enact ordinances may enact ordinances in such manner.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 7-157
- Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
- legislative body: means : (1) As applied to unconsolidated towns, the town meeting. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
- Ordinance: means an enactment under the provisions of §. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
- Voters: means those persons qualified to vote under the provisions of §. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
(b) Whenever any town, city, borough or fire district is required to publish any proposed ordinance or ordinance in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, the legislative body of such town, city, borough or fire district may provide that a summary of such proposed ordinance or ordinance shall be published in lieu of such proposed ordinance or ordinance, provided that, in any case in which such a summary is published, the clerk of such town, city, borough or fire district shall make a copy of such proposed ordinance or ordinance available for public inspection and shall, upon request, mail a copy of such or proposed ordinance or ordinance to any person requesting a copy at no charge to such person. Any summary so published shall bear a disclaimer as follows: “This document is prepared for the benefit of the public, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation. This document does not represent the intent of the legislative body of (here insert the name of the town, city, borough or fire district) for any purpose.” The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any proposed ordinance or ordinance which makes or requires an appropriation.
(c) No ordinance enacted prior to June 1, 1992, shall be invalid for failure of a municipality to comply with the provisions of this section and each municipality shall be held harmless from any liability or causes of action which might arise from such failure. If a person affected by an ordinance shows prejudice because of the failure of the municipality to comply with such provision, no penalties may be imposed against such person pursuant to the ordinance. Any ordinance enacted prior to June 1, 1992, for which the provisions of this section were not complied with shall be deemed to be effective thirty days after such enactment.