2017 Bill Information
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Please contact your legislator or legislative committees regarding the bills at 1-800-372-7181
(OR you can also Email your legislator via the Legislative Research Commission website at http://www.lrc.ky.gov)
Recap of the 2015 Session:
The General Assembly reconvened on February 3, 2015. Friday, Feb. 6th was the last day for legislators to request new bills. February 13th was the last day for Senators to introduce new bills and because of snow delays, Wednesday, Feb. 18th was the last day for Representatives to introduce new legislation. You can keep up with the latest dates by checking our calendar.
On Thursday, February 5th, KCC and other allies with the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance held a very successful Clean Energy Lobby Day for the Clean Energy Opportunity Act (HB229). Lobby day resulted in a record eleven House members signing on. For more information about this bill, click HERE or check out the KySEA website at kysea.org. We also joined other allies for the annual “I Love Mountains Day” on Feb. 12th in support of the Stream Saver bill (HB 131).
In the Senate, leaders are: Senate President Robert Stivers, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown; Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones of Pikeville; Majority Caucus Chair Dan Seum of Louisville; Minority Caucus Chair Gerald Neal; Majority Whip Jimmy Higdon and Minority Whip Julian Carroll.
The House lineup includes: Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook, Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover of Jamestown; Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly of Paris; Minority Caucus Chair Stan Lee of Lexington; Majority Whip Johnny Bell of Glasgow; and Minority Whip Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green.
The Kentucky General Assembly meets annually in “Regular” sessions that begin the first week of January. Its sessions extend to the end of March in even-numbered years, when it must develop a Biennial (two-year) Budget. In odd-numbered years, sessions are shorter. Between sessions, the Governor may call the General Assembly into “Special” sessions on issues he identifies.
How we track the Kentucky General Assembly
During sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly, KCC tracks legislation that falls within our mission and considers what KCC’s position on them should be.
You can learn what we are working on at the moment by visiting our website on a regular basis.
Bills that are central to our mission are prioritized for advocacy by our members and our lobbyist in a biweekly publication, The Alert.
You can track legislation yourself using the web pages of the Legislative Research Commission. You can browse the final “Bill Status Information” on the Legislative Research Commission website.
Who represents me?
There are two “Houses” of the General Assembly: the Senate, which has 38 members elected to six-year terms, and the House of Representatives, which has 100 members elected to two-year terms. Every Kentuckian is represented by a Representative and a Senator.
To find out who your State Senator and State Representative are, go to http://vote-smart.org.
To learn more about your Senator or Representative, go here.
Legislators are “people persons” and want to hear from their constituents, so don’t be bashful. There are several options, depending on the urgency and your comfort level.
Leave a message: 1-800-372-7181. This is painless and effective. Operators accept a message that you dictate, no questions asked, from 7 am to 11 pm ET Monday to Thursday, and 7 am to 6 pm ET Friday, during sessions. You can leave a message for only one legislator, a list of legislators, all members of a committee you name, or all members of the House and/or Senate.
Send a fax: 1-502-564-6543. You can address single or multiple legislators, like the message line.
Send postal mail to a legislator to the Capital Annex, Frankfort, KY 40601.
Send email to a legislator using email addresses you can find here. NOTE: the legislators’ email system is clunky, and this is the least effective form of communication.
Call direct: 1-502-564-8100. Legislators are very busy during sessions, but many will try to take time to talk to a constituent.
What do I say?
A message can be as simple as, “Please oppose House Bill 999.” Adding a comment about how the bill would affect you, personally, can be very effective. You don’t have to be an expert.
If you are sending a fax, letter, or email, use your name, address, and phone number so the legislator will know if you are a constituent, and in case he or she wants more information. (The message line will ask for these things automatically).
If you talk to your legislator directly, you might open with, “Hello, Ms. Brown. I live on Elm Street in Bellwood. I’m curious about your position on HB 999.” After the reply, you can share your views. Be polite and don’t argue; knowing that you took the trouble to call is persuasive, and your legislator hears from many constituents who may have very different views.
KCC: Success Through Teamwork: There are two notable consortiums of groups that have been working diligently for years to advance progressive legislation and KCC wants to acknowledge and highlight the work of these groups, in both of which KCC has been very active. The Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance, http://www.kysea.org/ brings together numerous groups to advance the cause of cleaner energy. Conserve Kentucky, likewise comprised of numerous groups, has been advocating for more resources for land conservation and stewardship. KCC wants to thank our great partners in these coalitions for their efforts and dedication.