Constitutional amendment regarding legislature on the ballot in November

One proposed constitutional change voters will find on their ballot in November is Constitutional Amendment 1, which if passed would give the Kentucky General Assembly the power to call itself into special session and even extend regular legislative sessions.

The state constitution now says that regular sessions end by March 30th in odd-numbered years and by April 15th in even-numbered years. If legislators want to pass laws beyond those dates, it happens in a special session, which can only be called by the governor, who also currently sets the agenda for the special session.

Under the proposed constitutional change, the legislature would be able to be called into a special session “by a joint proclamation of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, ” with a cap on those sessions at a maximum of 12 days per year.