June 11, 2020 •

Guidance on New Kentucky Reporting Requirements and Forms

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The Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission passed an emergency regulation and provided guidance on a passed bill. This bill passed amends registration requirements for executive agency lobbying. Effective July 1, Senate Bill 157 requires the initial registration statement to include […]

The Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission passed an emergency regulation and provided guidance on a passed bill.

This bill passed amends registration requirements for executive agency lobbying.

Effective July 1, Senate Bill 157 requires the initial registration statement to include compensation paid to, or received by, each executive agency lobbyist, employer, and real party in interest as part of the engagement.

The emergency regulation provides the procedures for filing lobbyist forms and includes changes to the lobbyist forms.

In addition, electronic fillable forms and instructions will be posted on the commission’s website soon.

In the regular reminder notices, the new forms and revisions will also be addressed.

Each lobbyist, employer and real party in interest receives these notices.

All initial registration and updated registration statements must now be submitted using the 2020 revised forms.

Additionally, a credit card payment app will be available starting July 1.

The commission also extended the filing period deadline for the required updated registration filing forms and registration fee payment from July 31 to August 31 due to COVID-19.

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April 17, 2020 •

Kentucky Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

The 154th regular session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 16. The Republican supermajority in both the House and Senate voted to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 2. Senate bill 2 requires voters to […]

The 154th regular session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 16.

The Republican supermajority in both the House and Senate voted to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 2.

Senate bill 2 requires voters to present government-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot beginning with the November general election.

Additionally, a passed bill proposing a constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot.

The amendment will increase the term of office for district judges from four years to eight years beginning in 2022.

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April 13, 2020 •

Kentucky General Assembly to Reconvene on April 14

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The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will reconvene on April 14, one day earlier than previously announced. Lawmakers will consider overriding vetoes cast by Gov. Andy Beshear. The governor’s time to veto recently passed bills expires on April 13. Lawmakers […]

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will reconvene on April 14, one day earlier than previously announced.

Lawmakers will consider overriding vetoes cast by Gov. Andy Beshear.

The governor’s time to veto recently passed bills expires on April 13.

Lawmakers also have the option to convene on April 15, the latest possible day they can meet in regular session this year under state constitution guidelines.

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March 17, 2020 •

Kentucky Delays Primary Until June 23

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Kentucky primary election scheduled for May 19 will be delayed until June 23. The election is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Beshear made the announcement Monday evening at a press conference at […]

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Kentucky primary election scheduled for May 19 will be delayed until June 23.

The election is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Beshear made the announcement Monday evening at a press conference at the Capitol.

Secretary of State Michael Adams hand-delivered a letter to Beshear in the afternoon recommending all Kentucky elections scheduled for May 19, including primaries, special elections, and local option elections, be delayed 35 days.

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March 17, 2020 •

Kentucky Legislative Session Continues As Scheduled with Precautions

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House and Senate leadership announced the legislative session will continue as scheduled with some precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, only elected members, staff, and members of the media will be allowed in the Capitol […]

House and Senate leadership announced the legislative session will continue as scheduled with some precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, only elected members, staff, and members of the media will be allowed in the Capitol Annex until further notice.

Governor Beshear has already closed the Capitol.

In order to ensure transparency and accessibility, there will be an increase in live streaming services and broadcasting by Kentucky Education Television (KET).

The KET will broadcast committee meetings and House and Senate Floor proceedings.

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March 12, 2020 •

Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Requests Filing Via Fax or Email

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Effective immediately, the Legislative Ethics Commission has requested updated registration statements be filed either by fax or via email, by scanning and sending the signed forms. Fax to (502) 573-2929 Email to Donnita.crittenden@lrc.ky.gov  or lori.smither@lrc.ky.gov To change from paper filing […]

Effective immediately, the Legislative Ethics Commission has requested updated registration statements be filed either by fax or via email, by scanning and sending the signed forms.

To change from paper filing to filing online, please email the above for an ID and password.

This is a preventative measure to cut down on unnecessary mail handling and interaction by their staff, in order to keep the spread of the coronavirus to a minimum.

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December 24, 2019 •

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Calls Special Election

Rocky Adkins and Dennis Keene

Gov. Andy Beshear called a special election to fill two open seats in House District 67 and House District 99. Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Democrat from Sandy Hook resigned to become Beshear’s senior adviser. Rep. Dennis Keene, a Democrat from […]

Gov. Andy Beshear called a special election to fill two open seats in House District 67 and House District 99.

Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Democrat from Sandy Hook resigned to become Beshear’s senior adviser.

Rep. Dennis Keene, a Democrat from Wilder, resigned to become commissioner of the Department of Local Government.

The elections will be held February 25, 2020.

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November 19, 2019 •

Kentucky Governor Sets Date for Special Election

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Gov. Matt Bevin executed a writ of election to fill the vacant Senate 38th District seat. The special election will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The seat became vacant after Sen. Dan Seum resigned effective November 16.

Gov. Matt Bevin executed a writ of election to fill the vacant Senate 38th District seat.

The special election will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

The seat became vacant after Sen. Dan Seum resigned effective November 16.

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November 14, 2019 •

Bevin Concedes Kentucky Governor’s Race

Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear

Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear

Gov. Matt Bevin conceded defeat after a recanvass of last week’s gubernatorial election results showed he was still trailing Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes. During his announcement, Bevin stated he would not contest the results of the election. […]

Gov. Matt Bevin conceded defeat after a recanvass of last week’s gubernatorial election results showed he was still trailing Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes.

During his announcement, Bevin stated he would not contest the results of the election.

Beshear will be sworn into office on December 10, 2019.

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November 8, 2019 •

Kentucky Governor’s Race Could Be Decided by State Legislature

Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear

Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers created more election controversy, stating the legislature could decide the hotly contested governor’s race. The comments came shortly after Gov. Matt Bevin refused to concede to Attorney General Andy Beshear, who led by roughly 5,100 […]

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers created more election controversy, stating the legislature could decide the hotly contested governor’s race.

The comments came shortly after Gov. Matt Bevin refused to concede to Attorney General Andy Beshear, who led by roughly 5,100 votes when all of the votes were counted.

There is less than one-half of 1% separating the two candidates.

Gov. Bevin formally requested an official recanvass of the election results.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced she will forward the recanvassing request to the State Board of Elections.

The county board of elections will convene on November 14 at 9:00 a.m. to conduct the recanvass.

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September 11, 2019 •

Kentucky Governor Sets Special Election to Fill Sudden Vacancy

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday, November 5 as the special election date to fill the sudden vacancy of House District 18. Rep. Tim Moore resigned his seat midterm, citing his own belief in term limits. The special election will be […]

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday, November 5 as the special election date to fill the sudden vacancy of House District 18.

Rep. Tim Moore resigned his seat midterm, citing his own belief in term limits.

The special election will be held on the same date as the statewide general election.

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September 5, 2019 •

Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Recommends Changes to Sexual Harassment Rules

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The Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously recommended that the 2020 General Assembly pass legislation prohibiting legislators and lobbyists from engaging in sexual and workplace harassment against legislative employees, other legislators, and lobbyists. In past cases involving allegations of sexual harassment, the […]

The Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously recommended that the 2020 General Assembly pass legislation prohibiting legislators and lobbyists from engaging in sexual and workplace harassment against legislative employees, other legislators, and lobbyists.

In past cases involving allegations of sexual harassment, the commission has followed more general ethics laws relating to the misuse of office.

The recommended change would add specific workplace protections into the legislative ethics law and categorize sexual harassment as ethical misconduct, punishable by fines or other sanctions.

The commission also recommended that the ethics law be amended to grant the commission the authority to adjudicate a complaint filed against a legislator, even if the legislator leaves office after the complaint is filed, as long as the complaint is based on action that occurred not more than a year prior to the day the legislator left office.

During the 2019 session, several bills relating to sexual harassment were filed but none were approved by the legislature.

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August 14, 2019 •

Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Names New Executive Director

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has selected Laura Hromyak Hendrix to serve as the new executive director. She is currently serving as the commission’s legal counsel. Hendrix will assume the post on September 1 following the retirement of current director […]

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has selected Laura Hromyak Hendrix to serve as the new executive director.

She is currently serving as the commission’s legal counsel.

Hendrix will assume the post on September 1 following the retirement of current director John Schaaf.

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August 13, 2019 •

Kentucky Special Election Date Set

Ky Gov. Matt Bevin - Gage Skidmore

Gov. Matt Bevin announced a special election for the vacated 63rd House District seat. The special election will be held on November 5, the same day as the general election. Rep. Diane St. Onge resigned from the 63rd House seat […]

Gov. Matt Bevin announced a special election for the vacated 63rd House District seat.

The special election will be held on November 5, the same day as the general election.

Rep. Diane St. Onge resigned from the 63rd House seat on August 12, citing a new marriage and move out to California.

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