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 even-numbered years, there are not more than 60 legislative days.  The session is required to end no later than April 15. The Legislature will be back in session 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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Anti-Immigrant Legislation

We oppose HB240, and any legislation that could lead to unconstitutional detentions of foreign-born Kentuckians, racial and ethnic profiling, and weakening trust between local law enforcement and the communities they serve.

November 30, 2018 Immigrants' Rights

Bail Reform

We believe bail reform is essential to ending mass incarceration in Kentucky.  We support legislation to dramatically and responsibly reduce pretrial detention, eliminate wealth-based detention, and combat racial disparities in the pretrial context.

November 30, 2018 Justice Reform

Restoration of Voting Rights

We support legislation to amend the Kentucky constitution to permit the majority of Kentuckians with prior criminal convictions to regain the right to vote upon completion of their sentence.

November 30, 2018 Voting Rights

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