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.   


Filter Legislation

Anti-Abortion Measure - HB370

HB370 is one of many bills that directly target abortion providers. Bills like HB370 impose burdensome regulations on providers that are politically-motivated, often impossible to comply with, and do not make anyone safer or healthier.

February 5, 2020 Reproductive Freedom Project

Attack on Public Assistance - HB1

We oppose House Bill 1, which makes broad changes to the way we provide medical, food and income assistance to Kentuckians with very low incomes.

February 5, 2020

Trans Athlete Ban - SB114/HB459

Transgender people have the right to participate in sports consistent with who they are, just like anyone. Denying this right is pure discrimination.

Similar legislation has been filed in the Kentucky House, HB459.

January 25, 2020 LGBT Rights

Scholarship Tax Credits - SB110

We oppose legislation that allows tax credits to individuals and corporations who donate to organizations that provide scholarships for private schools.

January 25, 2020