The provisions of K.S.A. 44-1015 to 44-1023 inclusive, and 44-1026 to 44-1028, inclusive as now constituted or as hereafter amended, are hereby adopted by reference as if they had been fully set out herein, and from and after the effective date of this article, the provisions shall be ordinances of the city except as follows:

(a)   Commission as defined in K.S.A. 44-1015(a), and as thereafter used in the foregoing provision shall mean the governing body of the city, instead of the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights, and references to service of process in the foregoing provision shall be deemed to require all process to be served on the city at its office at 154 S. Main, Benton, Kansas.

(b)   All references therein to the State of Kansas or any county thereof shall be construed to refer to the City of Benton.

(c)   All references therein to the Kansas Attorney General or any county attorney shall be construed to refer to the city attorney of the City of Benton.

(d)   Any reports or recommendations required therein to be made to the state or any of its officers shall be made to the governing body of the city or the appropriate officer of the City of Benton.

(e)   That portion of K.S.A. 44-1010 which reads as follows is excepted from the adoption by reference: Whenever a local fair housing ordinance provides rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices which are, in the judgment of the commission, substantially equivalent to the rights and remedies provided in this act, the commission shall refer to the appropriate local agency and complaint filed under this act which appears to constitute a violation of the local fair housing ordinance. The commission shall take no further action with respect to the complaint until 30 days have elapsed since the complaint was referred to the local agency, or the local agency has completed its investigation, or the local agency requests the commission to assume jurisdiction or to assist it, whichever occurs first. The local agency shall inform the commission in writing of the status of the referred complaint at the end of the referral period or when the local agency has completed its investigation, whichever occurs first. The commission may take further action on the complaint if in its judgment the protection of the rights of the parties or the interests of justice require the action.

(Ord. 225, Sec. 1)

The city and the governing body thereof shall cooperate, when requested, with the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the administration of state and national fair housing laws and regulations, and will provide to the agencies Its services and employees for the purposes, subject to the requirement that the agencies reimburse to the city for its cooperation and assistance. In furtherance of the cooperative efforts, the city may enter into written agreements with the agencies, which shall be made available to the public by the governing body.

(Ord. 225, Sec. 2)