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March 16, 2020 5:04pm

Legislative session in Frankfort to proceed forward

The 2020 legislative session in Frankfort will proceed forward, albeit with limited public access to the Capitol Building and Capitol Annex, according to a press release from legislative leadership this afternoon.

“We believe that the General Assembly has a responsibility to the people of Kentucky and our membership is committed to fulfilling that obligation. However, we are putting in place a number of safety procedures based on the recommendations of public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While this is a departure from business as usual, we are taking every step possible to use available technology to ensure transparency and accessibility,” said Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker David Osborne in a joint statement.

According to the release, the remaining days of the legislative session will feature limited access to the Capitol Campus. Access to the Capitol Annex will be restricted to legislators, staff, and credentialed media. Individuals scheduled to testify in committee hearings may also be allowed to enter the facility.

Session must adjourn sine die on or before April 15. The General Assembly will also need to account for a veto recess in April.

There are numerous ways for the business community to stay engaged and be aware of what’s happening in Frankfort during this time.

  • Visit GLI’s Action Center to email legislators about issues important to the business community
  • Leave messages for lawmakers: the toll-free message line (1-800-372-7181) and the direct line (502-564-8100)
  • Watch KET’s legislative coverage
  • Subscribe to GLI’s Advocacy newsletter Policy Distilled
  • Follow GLI Advocacy on Twitter

A full list of changes for the 2020 session as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the press release:

  • The Capitol Annex is closed to everyone but legislators, essential staff, LRC-credentialed media, and specifically-approved individuals (Governor Beshear has already closed the Capitol)
  • Increasing streaming for committee meetings and House and Senate Floor proceedings
  • Working to increase staffing of toll-free message lines
  • Closing of the House and Senate visitor galleries
  • Limiting in-person attendance at committee meetings
  • Suspending the use of legislative pages, door keepers, and other floor personnel