General Assembly to reconvene on April 14, for final day or two

From the Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will reconvene on Tuesday, April 14.

Both the Senate and House are scheduled to gavel in at noon.

By returning to the State Capitol on April 14, lawmakers will resume the legislative session one day later than previously announced. The number of session days has been reduced as a precaution against COVID-19.

When lawmakers reconvene, they can consider overriding vetoes cast by Gov. Andy Beshear. The governor’s time to veto recently passed bills expires on April 13. Overriding a veto requires the support of a majority of elected members in each chamber.

In addition to meeting on April 14, lawmakers have the option to convene on April 15, the latest possible day they can meet in regular session this year under state constitution guidelines.


If the General Assembly meets both April 14 and 15, it would make this year’s session a 53-day affair as opposed to the 60-day period allowed by the constitution for even-year legislative sessions. Odd-year sessions are 30 days.

While the 2021 schedule is not completed, that 30-day session will begin on Tuesday, January 5. They’ll probably meet through Friday, January 8 and then recess until early February. Though they aren’t in session in that interim, committees will meet and hear testimony of some of the bills introduced in the first five days. The first four days — through Friday, January 8 — are considered “organizational” days when both parties elect leadership for the 2021 session.

All 100 House seats and half of the 38 Senate districts will have election this year so there will be some new faces come January, A few have already intention to not run for another term.


Where they stand:

For the 2020 session, the Senate had 286 bills introduced while in the House there were 647.

By comparison, this year’s 286 bills were the second highest number since at least 2008. There were 309 Senate bills put in the hopper in 2016.

On the House side, the 647 for 2020 is also second largest number of bills since at least 2008 when 775 House bills were introduced.

All 100 House seats and half of the 38 Senate districts will have election this year so there will be some new faces come January, A few have already intention to not run for another term.

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