Legislative Branch of Government
September 15, 2004
Sessions · Rules · Districts · Members' Terms
· Leadership · Support
Kentucky's present Constitution, adopted in 1891 and amended several times
since, contains a number of provisions that govern the legislative branch.
General Assembly meets annually in Frankfort convening on the first Tuesday after the
first Monday in January.
even-numbered years, sessions may not last more than 60 legislative
days, and cannot extend beyond April 15. In odd-numbered years, sessions may not last
more than 30 legislative days, and cannot extend beyond March 30.
- New Rules are adopted at the beginning of each
General Assembly is required to divide the state into 38 Senate districts and 100 House
TERMS AND QUALIFICATIONS
are elected for four year terms, with half the Senate elected every two years.
at least 24 years old;
a citizen of Kentucky;
resided in the state at least 2 years and in the district at least 1 year prior to
are elected for two year terms in November following the regular session of the General
Assembly. The entire House is elected at the same time.
and President Pro Tem are elected by the full membership of that body.
OF REPRESENTATIVES The Speaker
of the House and the Speaker Pro Tem are elected by the full
membership of that body.
PARTY LEADERS - SENATE AND HOUSE Floor
leaders, Caucus chairs and Whips - are selected by Democratic and Republican caucuses
in both chambers during the organizational session. These members are responsible for
seeing that the interests of their parties are well served.
Constitution also specifies constitutional officers to carry out clerical and support
activities for the General Assembly.
these are the Chief Clerks elected by each chamber, responsible for minutes of
sessions, roll calls, bill calendars, recording committee assignments, certifying the
passage of bills and resolutions, and the official Journal of each chamber.
clear unauthorized persons from the floor of the House and Senate before each session and
as otherwise directed; compel the attendance of members sent for by the House; direct the
delivery of mail, supervise the pages, and clear the galleries if there is a disturbance.
officers authorized by the constitution include doorkeepers, pages, janitors, and