Black Kentuckians are 9.4x more likely than their white peers to be arrested for marijuana possession, the second-highest in the nation and nearly 3x the national average. We must join several other states by legalizing use and possession, and undoing the harms caused by the failed War on Drugs.
The 2022 legislative session ran from January 4 through April 14. Scroll down to see some of the priority bills we tracked.
We worked in Frankfort and remotely with lawmakers and ally organizations to protect and defend the civil rights and liberties of all people in Kentucky.
Click below to see the People's Lobbying Guide to learn about the legislative process and how you can get involved, along with our 2022 priorities and fact sheets on our top legislative priorities for 2022.
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What is the legislative session?
Kentucky's Constitution 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 2022 legislative session began on January 4, 2022, and ends on March 31, 2022.
Our team is on the ground in Frankfort during the legislative session almost every day. We connect people directly affected by different issues to their elected officials. This helps lawmakers learn about how their actions directly affect Kentuckians. We work with lawmakers to protect and expand the civil rights and liberties of all Kentuckians by supporting, altering, or defeating legislation that would threaten those civil liberties.
What is the General Assembly?
The General Assembly is Kentucky's legislature. This branch of government makes laws. It is made of the 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.