Kentucky's state capitol building

Kentucky's Constitution requires the General Assembly to meet in Frankfort every year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January. In even-numbered years there are not more than 60 legislative days. The 2020 legislative session begins on January 7, 2020.

The legislature consists of a House of Representatives and a Senate. Each bill that becomes law must be approved by both chambers. Kentucky has a part-time citizen legislature with members from diverse backgrounds and communities.  All 138 members serve year-round as legislators, representing constituents, helping them solve problems, and studying new ideas.  

When the legislature is in session, and during the interim period, the ACLU of Kentucky is at the capitol to protect the constitutional rights and civil liberties of all Kentuckians.  Either independently or with our partners of various and diverse coalitions, we work to protect civil liberties by supporting, altering, or defeating legislation that would threaten those civil liberties.

Below, you'll find the legislation we are tracking during the 2020 General Assembly.  You can click on each bill for a short description of the measure and a link to the bill.   


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Automatic Expungement - HB327

Kentucky must uphold the principle of "innocent until proven guilty." HB327 would automatically expunge criminal charges from a person's record if the person is acquitted or the charges are dismissed with prejudice.

January 25, 2020 Justice Reform

Health Care Refusal Law - SB90/HB 501

We oppose SB90, which could allow every type of health care institution, medical school students and staff, and employees of a health care institution (including doctors, nurses, counselors, assistants, receptionists, etc) to refuse to provide any service that is in conflict with thei

January 22, 2020 LGBT Rights

Paid Parental Leave - HB176

We support the effort to require employers with 50 or more employees to provide twelve weeks of paid parental leave for an employee who has been employed for at least one year.  The bill would also allow an employee to waive the paid leave, if they so choose.

January 22, 2020 Reproductive Freedom Project