Making our voices heard in the KY General Assembly | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Making our voices heard in the KY General Assembly

KFTC members play an important role in issues that matter in the Kentucky General Assembly. We put the grassroots in grassroots lobbying! And we have a long track record of helping to pass important legislation, and stopping bad ideas before they become law.

Every winter our members make multiple trips to Frankfort to meet with legislators, testify before committees, and hold rallies and demonstrations at the Capitol. We share stories and information with legislators to promote ideas that can improve the quality of life in our state. And we hold lawmakers accountable if they ignore the needs of their constituents.

During the 2020 General Assembly, there are many ways you can help make a difference:

  • Come lobby with us in Frankfort! KFTC's grassroots lobbyists plan to be in Frankfort every Tuesday during the General Assembly between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (We'll adjust when an ally has a major lobby day or rally, when there is a hearing or key vote, and as the action ramps up later in the session.) Everyone is welcome and first-time lobbyists are especially encouraged to join us! Training is provided.

  • Call or write your legislators to let them know your views on important issues.

  • Set up a meeting with your legislators in your home district during the off-season.
  • Call the toll-free Legislative Message Line (1-800-372-7181) to leave a message for any legislator or group of legislators.

Get informed – and help educate others!

  • Follow this link to KFTC’s bill tracker, an updated list of bills we’re following during the most current legislative session.
  • Learn more about KFTC’s priority legislative goals, including:
    • Our priorities for each week vary as we find the most important ways to support racial justice, energy justice, economic justice and a healthy democracy.
    • So far, our top legislative goals include passing House Bill 6 (voting rights), making our tax system more fair and adequate (bill coming), supporting lots of initiatives to make voting easier and more accessible, passing statewide fairness and other positive changes.
    • We're working to stop bad bills such as a restrictive voter ID bill (Senate Bill 2), an anti-immigrant/sanctuary bill (Senate Bill 1), a "War on the Poor" bill (House Bill 1) and other regressive policies.
    • We also support efforts to reverse past mistakes by the General Assembly, including making it much more difficult for miners to receive their black lung benefits and the 2019 legislation to squash the rooftop solar industry.