Kentucky's state capitol building

Kentucky's Constiution requires the General Assembly to meet in Frankfort every year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January. In odd-numbered years there are not more than 30 legislative days.  The session is required to end no later than March 30th. The 2019 legislative session started on January 8, 2019.

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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 2019 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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Marijuana Possession

We support legislation that would make the penalty for possession of a personal use quantity of marijuana a prepayable non-criminal fine

January 16, 2019 Justice Reform

Fewer Families Act

We oppose this legislation that disregards kids in the foster care system who desperately need loving families to care for them.

January 15, 2019 LGBT Rights

Abortion Ban-House

We oppose this bill that would allow politicians to further intrude into the personal health decisions of Kentucky patients by banning abortion for reasons based on the sex, race, or disability status of the fetus.

January 15, 2019 Reproductive Freedom Project

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