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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LGBT Fairness

We support legislation that would amend the Kentucky Civil Rights Act to create statewide anti-discrimination protections for LGBT Kentuckians in the areas of housing and public accomodation.  

November 30, 2018 LGBT Rights

Hate Crime Legislation

This bill would add homicide and fetal homicide to Kentucky's hate crime statutes.  We are reviewing its potential implications.

November 30, 2018

"Gang Bill" Fix

Revises portion's of the problematic Gang Bill which passed during the 2018 General Assembly

November 30, 2018

"In God We Trust" Motto in Public Schools

Our legislators should focus on the pressing issues in our state rather than dividing its residents along religious lines.  This bill distracts school officials from fulfilling their core mission – ensuring that our children receive the top-notch education they deserve.

November 30, 2018

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