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Kentucky Constitution

Complete Listing of Sections

Part 1- Preamble to Section 144

Part 2 - Section 145 to End


BILL OF RIGHTS

  • Section 1 ... Rights of life, liberty, worship, pursuit of safety and happiness, free speech, acquiring and protecting property, peaceable assembly, redress of grievances, bearing arms.
  • Section 2 ... Absolute and arbitrary power denied.
  • Section 3 ... Men are equal -- No exclusive grant except for public services -- Property not to be exempted from taxation -- Grants revocable.
  • Section 4 ... Power inherent in the people -- Right to alter, reform, or abolish government.
  • Section 5 ... Right of religious freedom.
  • Section 6 ... Elections to be free and equal.
  • Section 7 ... Right of trial by jury.
  • Section 8 ... Freedom of speech and of the press.
  • Section 9 ... Truth may be given in evidence in prosecution for publishing matters proper for public information -- Jury to try law and facts in libel prosecutions.
  • Section 10 ... Security from search and seizure -- Conditions of issuance of warrant.
  • Section 11 ... Rights of accused in criminal prosecution -- Change of venue.
  • Section 12 ... Indictable offense not to be prosecuted by information -- Exceptions.
  • Section 13 ... Double jeopardy -- Property not to be taken for public use without compensation.
  • Section 14 ... Right of judicial remedy for injury -- Speedy trial.
  • Section 15 ... Laws to be suspended only by General Assembly.
  • Section 16 ... Right to bail -- Habeas corpus.
  • Section 17 ... Excessive bail or fine, or cruel punishment, prohibited.
  • Section 18 ... Imprisonment for debt restricted.
  • Section 19 ... Ex post facto law or law impairing contract forbidden -- Rules of construction for mineral deeds relating to coal extraction.
  • Section 20 ... Attainder, operation of restricted.
  • Section 21 ... Descent in case of suicide or casualty.
  • Section 22 ... Standing armies restricted -- Military subordinate to civil -- Quartering soldiers restricted.
  • Section 23 ... No office of nobility or hereditary distinction, or for longer than a term of years.
  • Section 24 ... Emigration to be free.
  • Section 25 ... Slavery and involuntary servitude forbidden.
  • Section 26 ... General powers subordinate to Bill of Rights -- Laws contrary thereto are void.
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    RIGHTS OF VICTIMS OF CRIME

  • Section 26A ... Victims' Bill of Rights. (PROPOSED AMENDMENT; CONTINGENT UPON RATIFICATION AT THE NOVEMBER 6, 2018, ELECTION. SEE LRC NOTE BELOW.).
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    DISTRIBUTION OF THE POWERS OF GOVERNMENT

  • Section 27 ... Powers of government divided among legislative, executive, and judicial departments.
  • Section 28 ... One department not to exercise power belonging to another.
  • THE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

  • Section 29 ... Legislative power vested in General Assembly.
  • Section 30 ... Term of office of Senators and Representatives.
  • Section 31 ... Time of election and term of office of Senators and Representatives.
  • Section 32 ... Qualifications of Senators and Representatives.
  • Section 33 ... Senatorial and Representative districts.
  • Section 34 ... Officers of Houses of General Assembly.
  • Section 35 ... Number of Senators and Representatives.
  • Section 36 ... Time and place of meetings of General Assembly.
  • Section 37 ... Majority constitutes quorum -- Powers of less than a quorum.
  • Section 38 ... Each House to judge qualifications, elections, and returns of its members -- Contests.
  • Section 39 ... Powers of each House as to rules and conduct of members -- Contempt -- Bribery.
  • Section 40 ... Journals -- When vote to be entered.
  • Section 41 ... Adjournment during session.
  • Section 42 ... Compensation of members -- Length of sessions -- Legislative day.
  • Section 43 ... Privileges from arrest and from questioning as to speech or debate.
  • Section 44 ... Ineligibility of members to civil office created or given increased compensation during term.
  • Section 45 ... Collector of public money ineligible unless he has quietus.
  • Section 46 ... Bills must be reported by committee, printed, and read -- How bill called from committee -- Votes required for passage.
  • Section 47 ... Bills to raise revenue must originate in House of Representatives.
  • Section 48 ... Resources of Sinking Fund not to be diminished -- Preservation of fund.
  • Section 49 ... Power to contract debts -- Limit.
  • Section 50 ... Purposes for which debt may be contracted -- Tax to discharge -- Public vote.
  • Section 51 ... Law may not relate to more than one subject, to be expressed in title -- Amendments must be at length.
  • Section 52 ... General Assembly may not release debt to State or to county or city.
  • Section 53 ... Investigation of accounts of Treasurer and Auditor -- Report, publication, submission to Governor and General Assembly.
  • Section 54 ... No restriction on recovery for injury or death.
  • Section 55 ... When laws to take effect -- Emergency legislation.
  • Section 56 ... Signing of bills -- Enrollment -- Presentation to Governor.
  • Section 57 ... Member having personal interest to make disclosure and not vote.
  • Section 58 ... General Assembly not to audit nor allow private claim -- Exception -- Appropriations.
  • Section 59 ... Local and special legislation.
  • Section 60 ... General law not to be made special or local by amendment -- No special powers or privileges -- Law not to take effect on approval of other authority than General Assembly -- Exceptions.
  • Section 61 ... Provision to be made for local option on sale of liquor -- Time of elections.
  • Section 62 ... Style of laws.
  • COUNTIES AND COUNTY SEATS

  • Section 63 ... Area of counties -- Boundaries -- Creation and abolishment of counties.
  • Section 64 ... Division of county or removal of county seat, election required -- Minimum population of county.
  • Section 65 ... Striking territory from county -- Liability for indebtedness.
  • IMPEACHMENTS

  • Section 66 ... Power of impeachment vested in House.
  • Section 67 ... Trial of impeachments by Senate.
  • Section 68 ... Civil officers liable to impeachment -- Judgment -- Criminal liability.
  • THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

    Officers for the State at Large

  • Section 69 ... Executive power vested in Governor.
  • Section 70 ... Election of Governor and Lieutenant Governor -- Term -- Tie vote.
  • Section 71 ... Gubernatorial succession.
  • Section 72 ... Qualifications of Governor and Lieutenant Governor -- Duties of Lieutenant Governor.
  • Section 73 ... When terms of Governor and Lieutenant Governor begin.
  • Section 74 ... Compensation of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
  • Section 75 ... Governor is Commander-in-Chief of army, navy and militia.
  • Section 76 ... Power of Governor to fill vacancies.
  • Section 77 ... Power of Governor to remit fines and forfeitures, grant reprieves and pardons -- No power to remit fees.
  • Section 78 ... Governor may require information from state officers.
  • Section 79 ... Reports and recommendations to General Assembly.
  • Section 80 ... Governor may call extraordinary session of General Assembly, adjourn General Assembly.
  • Section 81 ... Governor to enforce laws.
  • Section 82 ... Succession of Lieutenant Governor.
  • Section 83 ... (Repealed 1992)
  • Section 84 ... When Lieutenant Governor to act as Governor -- President of the Senate not to preside at impeachment of Governor -- Certification of disability of Governor.
  • Section 85 ... President of Senate -- Election -- Powers.
  • Section 86 ... Compensation of President of the Senate.
  • Section 87 ... Who to act as Governor in absence of Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate.
  • Section 88 ... Signature of bills by Governor -- Veto -- Passage over veto -- Partial veto.
  • Section 89 ... Concurrent orders and resolutions on same footing as bill.
  • Section 90 ... Contest of election for Governor or Lieutenant Governor.
  • Section 91 ... Constitutional State officers -- Election -- Qualifications -- Term of office -- Duties -- Secretary of State to record acts of Governor and report them to General Assembly.
  • Section 92 ... Qualifications of Attorney General.
  • Section 93 ... Succession of elected Constitutional State Officers -- Duties -- Inferior officers and members of boards and commissions.
  • Section 94 ... (Repealed 1992)
  • Section 95 ... Time of election of elected Constitutional State officers.
  • Section 96 ... Compensation of Constitutional State officers.

    Officers for Districts and Counties

  • Section 97 ... Commonwealth's Attorney and Circuit Court Clerk -- Election -- Term.
  • Section 98 ... Compensation of Commonwealth's Attorney.
  • Section 99 ... County officers, justices of the peace, and constables -- Election -- Term.
  • Section 100 ... Qualifications of officers for counties and districts.
  • Section 101 ... Qualifications and jurisdiction of constables.
  • Section 102 ... Officers for new counties.
  • Section 103 ... Bonds of county officers and other officers.
  • Section 104 ... Abolishment of office of assessor -- Assessor may not succeed himself.
  • Section 105 ... Consolidation of offices of sheriff and jailer.
  • Section 106 ... Fees of county officers -- Fees in counties having seventy-five thousand population or more.
  • Section 107 ... Additional county or district offices may be created.
  • Section 108 ... Abolishment of office of commonwealth's attorney.
  • THE JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

  • Section 109 ... The judicial power -- Unified system -- Impeachment.
  • The Supreme Court

  • Section 110 ... Jurisdiction -- Quorum -- Special justices -- Districts -- Chief Justice.
  • The Court of Appeals

  • Section 111 ... Composition -- Jurisdiction -- Administration -- Panels.
  • The Circuit Court

  • Section 112 ... Location -- Circuits -- Composition -- Administration -- Jurisdiction.
  • The District Court

  • Section 113 ... Location -- Districts -- Composition -- Administration -- Trial commissioners -- Jurisdiction.
  • Clerks of Court

  • Section 114 ... Selection -- Removal.
  • Appellate Policy -- Rule-Making Power

  • Section 115 ... Right of appeal -- Procedure.
  • Section 116 ... Rules governing jurisdiction, personnel, procedure, bar membership.
  • Offices of Justices and Judges

  • Section 117 ... Election.
  • Section 118 ... Vacancies.
  • Section 119 ... Terms of office.
  • Section 120 ... Compensation -- Expenses.
  • Section 121 ... Retirement and removal.
  • Section 122 ... Eligibility.
  • Section 123 ... Prohibited activities.
  • Section 124 ... Conflicting provisions.
  • Section 125 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 126 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 127 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 128 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 129 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 130 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 131 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 132 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 133 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 134 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 135 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 136 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 137 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 138 ... (Repealed 1975)
  • Section 139 ... (Repealed 1975)

COUNTY COURTS

  • Section 140 ... County Court for each county -- Judge -- Compensation -- Commission -- Removal.
  • Section 141 ... (Repealed 1975)

JUSTICES OF THE PEACE

  • Section 142 ... Justices' districts -- One Justice for each district -- Jurisdiction and powers of Justices -- Commissions -- Removal.
  • Section 143 ... (Repealed 1975)

FISCAL COURTS

  • Section 144 ... Fiscal Court for each county -- To consist of Justices of the Peace or Commissioners, and County Judge -- Quorum.

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