The legislative branch of the Kentucky State Government writes and establishes laws and creates services to benefit the Commonwealth. Sometimes this is a very slow process because the legislators want to make sure that they have thoroughly researched, studied, and investigated every aspect of the bill that they are discussing. Though disagreements can and do arise among the legislators, this conflict helps to guarantee that new laws are in the best interest of all Kentuckians. To learn more about creating Kentucky laws, click here.
The primary legislative body is the Kentucky General Assembly. The General Assembly consists of two houses of elected legislators: the Senate and the House of Representatives. There are 100 representatives and 38 senators, each representing parts of the state called districts. The General Assembly meets every year to discuss and vote on bills and other matters relevant to both the constituents from their districts and the state as a whole.
In addition to the General Assembly, the legislative branch includes the:
- Legislative Research Commission
- Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission
- Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center