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Normal Effective Dates

Legislation from Sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly

Updated July 2013


Section 55 of the Kentucky Constitution provides that "[n]o act, except general appropriation bills, shall become a law until ninety days after the adjournment of the session at which it was passed, except in cases of emergency, when, by the concurrence of a majority of the members elected to each House of the General Assembly, by a yea and nay vote entered upon their journals, an act may become a law when approved by the Governor; but the reasons for the emergency that justifies this action must be set out at length in the journal of each House."

Below, the effective date for legislation (other than appropriation bills) that does not contain an emergency or special effective date is set out for each legislative session from 1970. The source of this date is also given. "OAG" stands for a formal opinion of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

NOTE: In years when only one extraordinary session was called, it is still referred to as "first".

SESSION

EFFECTIVE DATE

2013 Regular Session June 25, 2013, per OAG 13-005.
2012 First Extraordinary Session July 20, 2012, per OAG 12-007.
2012 Regular Session July 12, 2012, per OAG 12-006.
2011 Regular Session June 8, 2011, per OAG 11-002.
2010 First Extraordinary Session August 28, 2010, per OAG 10-004.
2010 Regular Session July 15, 2010, per OAG 10-002.
2009 Regular Session June 25, 2009, per OAG 09-003.
2008 Regular Session July 15, 2008, per OAG 08-001.
2007 Second Extraordinary Session Act had emergency clause.
2007 Regular Session June 26, 2007, per OAG 07-002.
2006 First Extraordinary Session All Acts had emergency clauses.
2006 Regular Session July 12, 2006, per OAG 06-001.
2005 Regular Session June 20, 2005, per OAG 05-004.
2004 First Extraordinary Session Act had emergency clause.
2004 Regular Session July 13, 2004 per OAG 04-002
2003 Regular Session June 24, 2003, per OAG 03-002
2002 Regular Session July 15, 2002, per OAG 02-3
2001 Regular Session June 21, 2001, per OAG 01-4
2000 Regular Session July 14, 2000, per OAG 00-4
1998 Regular Session July 15, 1998, per OAG 96-19
1997 First Extraordinary Session August 29, 1997, per OAG 97-23
1996 First Extraordinary Session All Acts had emergency clauses.
1996 Regular Session July 15, 1996, per OAG 96-19
1995 Third Extraordinary Session November 3, 1995, per OAG 95-32
1995 Second Extraordinary Session April 28, 1995, per OAG 95-8
1995 First Extraordinary Session April 7, 1995, per OAG 95-8
1994 Second Extraordinary Session December 26, 1994, per OAG 95-8
1994 First Extraordinary Session September 21, 1994, per OAG 95-8
1994 Regular Session July 15, 1994, per OAG 94-30
1993 First Extraordinary Session May 18, 1993, per OAG 93-25
1992 Regular Session July 14, 1992, per OAG 92-72
1991 First Extraordinary Session May 24, 1991, per OAG 91-38
1990 Regular Session July 13, 1990, per OAG 89-56
1988 First Extraordinary Session March 15, 1989, per OAG 89-1
1988 Regular Session July 15, 1988, per OAG 88-21
1987 First Extraordinary Session January 21, 1988, per OAG 87-74
1986 Regular Session July 15, 1986, per OAG 86-6
1985 First Extraordinary Session October 18, 1985, per OAG 85-113
1984 Regular Session July 13, 1984, per OAG 84-164
1982 Regular Session July 15, 1982, per OAG 82-308 and 82-15
1980 Regular Session July 15, 1980, per OAG 80-44
1979 First Extraordinary Session May 12, 1979, per Foreword of Acts volume
1978 Regular Session June 17, 1978, per Foreword of Acts volume
1976 First Extraordinary Session March 19, 1977, per Foreword of Acts volume
1976 Regular Session June 19, 1976, per Foreword of Acts volume
1974 Regular Session June 21, 1974, per Foreword of Acts volume
1972 Regular Session June 16, 1972, per OAG 72-195
1970 Regular Session June 18, 1970, per OAG 70-145

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