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 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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Detainee Fatality Board

We support legislation that would create an External Detainee Fatality Review Panel to conduct comprehensive reviews of all fatalities of individuals detained in county or regional jails.

February 10, 2019

Free Speech on Campus-House

We are evaluating the potential implications of legislation that would require public postsecondary institutions to adopt policies ensuring the protection of freedom of speech and expression by students and faculty.

February 10, 2019

Administrative Release

We support the development of an administrative release process that allows inmates serving a sentence for a Class C or D felony offense that is not a violent or sexual offense to be released at the parole eligibility date without a hearing if the inmate does not commit a serious disciplinary vio

February 7, 2019

Administrative Parole

We support legislation that would establish an administrative parole process that allows inmates serving a sentence for a Class C or D felony offense that is not a violent or sexual offense to be released at the parole eligibility date without a hearing if the inmate does not commit a serious dis

February 7, 2019

Community Supervision Reforms

We support legislation relating to community supervision conditions for those on probation, to require graduated sanctions for technical violations and absconding.

February 7, 2019

Community Supervision Reform

We suspport reforms that would require the Department of Corrections to adopt a system of graduated sanctions for parolees and those on postincarceration supervision for technical violations and absconding to help ease jail and prison overcrowding.  

February 7, 2019

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