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Actions to take

If a bill has crossed over, the chamber is listed to avoid confusion.

Bills to Oppose

  • HB 313 / SB 313 – Attacks on charitable bail funds.
    • SB 313 in Senate Judiciary on Thursday
    • Additional message: “Get rid of wealth-based incarceration instead. Bail organizations are the symptom; attack the problem.”
  • HB 7 – attack on safety net
    • Thousands of KYians will lose health care coverage, food assistance
    • Gigantic new load on already overworked CHFS staff
  • SB 83 – Anti-trans sports bill (House)
    • In House Education today
  • HB 51 – Anti-mask bill
  • SJR 150 – Ends Public Health Emergency declaration early (House)
    • Will mean that after April, Kentuckians and every local economy in Kentucky will see an average of more than $52 MILLION PER MONTH cease immediately in food assistance. The current SNAP EAs are available to states through September of this year, but this requires the state to adopt or have in place a public health emergency declaration.
    • Additionally, health-care professional will lose many benefits that came because of the PHE, which will add to the existing health-care worker shortage.
  • HB 8 – Getting rid of income tax (Senate)
    • Fiscal statement released yesterday says this bill will cost the state $1.8 billion over next two years.
  • HB 3 – Omnibus anti-abortion bill (Senate)

Bills to Support

  • HB 222 – Anti-SLAPP bill (Senate)
  • SB 8 – Expanded protection against child abuse (House)
  • HB 174 – Medicaid eligibility for new mothers (Senate)

Instructions and info

Including this for people new to activism; skip if not needed.

Getting started

  • Find your districts by checking your registration. Then click through the links for House and Senate to see who your legislators are.
  • Once you know your legislators, visit our Legislator Scorecard to get more info.
    • Sort the scorecard by legislator name by clicking the column header.
    • Find your legislator, then click their name. This will open their legislator page.
    • On there you can find their email address, social media channels, and more.
    • Store this info somewhere, so you don’t have to do this routine again. (One idea is to add your legislators to your contacts, so you always have their information handy.)
  • Finally, add the LRC Comment Line (800-372-7181) to your contacts, and make it a favorite on your phone, so you can call it whenever you learn about a bill you want to take action on.

Taking action

Telephone and email are the two primary ways you can take action on a bill or bills. There is also letter writing and personal visits, which take more effort but are also more effective.

Telephone – The quickest and easiest way to take action is to call the LRC Comment Line. They’ll ask for your name and address (unless you’ve called before), then who your message is for. You can leave a message for just your legislators, for a certain committee, or for a certain chamber (House or Senate). And, you can leave one message that covers multiple bills.

Example, after you’ve told them who the message is for: “Please vote NO on bills HB 4, HB 8, and HB 1.”

You can go into more detail, but only a few sentences.

Your message will be put onto “green slips” and given to whomever you asked for it to go to. If enough people call, it can actually make a difference.

Email – The best use of email is to write a personal note to your legislator or legislators. It does not have to be long, but it should explain why you support or oppose a given bill.

You shouldn't expect a response, although you will often get one. The more cogent and relatively non-emotional your email, the more likely you will get a response. (In other words, calling out your lege via email is usually not productive.)

One other thing: Do Not Send a Form Letter. These are basically ignored, as are online petitions.

It is also possible to email the staffers for a given committee, if you can find their email addresses. (Not always easy.)

Letter – The same guidance applies to a personal letter as to a personal email. Because it takes a little longer to do, a letter can have a little more impact than an email.

And by the way – a thank-you note when a lege votes the way you wanted them to is a nice gesture.

Visit – Obviously the most time-consuming, but can also be the most effective, depending on the lege and the subject. Call the number listed for your lege on the LRC site, and you should get their office receptionist. Say you want to schedule a short visit (or phone call) with your lege, and ask if there is a place in that person’s schedule for you to visit. Depending on when in the session (or the interim) you try to do this, you may find there just isn’t room in the schedule. But, it can be worth trying.

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