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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 2019 legislative session started on January 8, 2019 and ended on March 28, 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 tracked 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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Racial Trauma Trainings for Public School Districts

We support legislation that would require the Kentucky Department of Education to develop a list of recommended racial trauma trainings and require local boards of education to adopt a policy implementing racial trauma training within the district.

February 18, 2019

Day of Prayer for Kentucky Students

We oppose House Bill 166 which would desginate a Day of Prayer for Kentucky students.  We firmly believe that no person’s exercise of their faith should be restricted by governmental action, just as no governmental action should endorse specific faith traditions.

February 11, 2019

Attack on the Right to Boycott

We oppose legislation that would limit the right to boycott by prohibit governmental bodies from contracting with a contractor who engages in boycotting a person or entity with which Kentucky can enjoy open trade.

February 10, 2019

No Expungement Fee After Pardon

We support legislation that would remove the filing fee for applications to expunge offenses which have been the subject of an executive pardon.

February 10, 2019

Early Voting

We support legislation that would allow in-person early voting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election, or special election.

February 10, 2019 Voting Rights

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