An Ordinance is a local law that usually regulates persons or property and usually relates to a matter of a general or permanent nature. An ordinance is more formal and authoritative than a resolution.

There are seven rules to remember about passing an ordinance.

1. Ordinances must be reasonable.
2. They must not be oppressive.
3. They must not be discriminating or partial.
4. They must not unduly restrain lawful trade.
5. They must not violate civil rights.
6. They must not be ambiguous.
7. An ordinance must contain only one general subject, clearly stated in its title. A.C.A. § 14-55-201.

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