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.

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 diverese 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 a record of the legislation we were tracking during the 2018 General Assembly.  You can click on each bill for a short description of the measure, and its final outcome.  

 

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Racial Impact Assessments-Senate

We support legislation that would require the Legislative Research Commission to establish and perform racial impact assessments on proposed legislation.

March 5, 2018

Early Voting

We support this measure that would expand access to the ballot box by establishing early voting in Kentucky

February 27, 2018 Voting Rights

Racial Impact Assessments

We support legislation that would require the Legislative Research Commission to establish and perform racial impact assessments on proposed legislation. 

February 27, 2018 Justice Reform

Abortion Ban

Note: We have filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of this bill.  Currently the bill has been blocked from enforcement by a Federal Judge, under a Joint Consent Order.  

February 22, 2018 Reproductive Freedom Project

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