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Extraordinary Sessions since 1940


The Kentucky General Assembly sits in regular session in even-numbered years for a period of no more than sixty legislative days, adjourning by no later than April 15,  and in odd-numbered years for a period of no more than thirty days, adjourning by no later than March 30. Under Section 80 of the Kentucky Constitution, the Governor of Kentucky may convene the General Assembly in extraordinary session by a proclamation, "stating the subjects to be considered, and no others shall be considered."

Click here for normal effective dates for regular and extraordinary sessions of the General Assembly since 1970.

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

Extraordinary
Session
Dates Subjects
2013 (First) August 19 to August 23, 2013 Legislative Redistricting
2012 (First) April 16 to April 20, 2012 Transportation Cabinet Budget -- Controlled Substances
2011 (First) March 14 to April 6, 2011 Budget
2010 (First) May 24 to May 29, 2010 Budgets -- Road Plan -- Taxation -- Unemployment Insurance
2009 (First) June 15 to June 24, 2009 Economic development -- Budget amendments
2008 (First) June 23 to June 27, 2008 Public employee retirement
2007 (Second) August 20 to August 24, 2007 Alternative energy policy
2007 (First) July 5 to July 30, 2007 Alternative energy policy -- Appropriation of funds for capital projects and road construction -- Taxation of military pay -- Pretrial diversion for substance abusers -- Public employee insurance plans
2006 (First) June 22 to June 28, 2006 Business Taxes
2004 (First) October 5 to October 19, 2004 Health Insurance
2002 (First) April 22 to May 1, 2002

Budget

1997 (Second)

September 30 to October 15, 1997

Health insurance

1997 (First)

May 12 to May 30, 1997

Postsecondary education -- EMPOWER Kentucky program measures -- Budget modifications
1996 (First) December 2 to December 12, 1996 Workers' compensation
1995 (Third) July 31 to August 4, 1995 Enactment of budget reserve trust fund -- Redistricting -- Appropriation of additional funds for Rural Secondary Highway Program
1995 (Second) January 17 to January 27, 1995 Taxes and bond development for capital projects
1995 (First) January 6, 1995 Confirmation of appointments
1994 (Second) September 26, 1994 Confirmation of appointments
1994 (First) June 6 to June 22, 1994 Budget
1993 (Third) August 6, 1993 Confirmation of appointments
1993 (Second) May 10 to May 27, 1993 Health care
1993 (First) February 1 to February 16, 1993 Governmental Ethics Task Force
1991 (Second) December 12 to December 18, 1991 Redistricting
1991 (First) January 14 to February 22, 1991 Environmental issues -- Driving under the influence
1989 (First) January 6, 1989 Confirmation of Lottery Commission
1988 (First) November 28 to December 14, 1988 Lottery
1987 (First) October 14 to October 23, 1987 Workers' compensation
1985 (First) July 8 to July 19, 1985 Educational issues
1983 (First) January 7, 1983 Flat rate tax on individual income -- Increase the standard deduction on personal income -- State-federal tax uniformity
1979 (First) January 8 to February 10, 1979 Same as 1978 (First) Extraordinary Session -- Other issues
1978 (First) December 13, 1978 Utility rate structure -- Utility consumer intervenor -- Removal of sales tax from residential utility bills -- Property tax limitation -- Income tax, standard deduction increment -- Courts, various issues -- Welfare fraud -- 1978 appropriations act -- Other issues
1976 (First) December 1 to December 18, 1976 New court system -- Surface mining -- Capital punishment -- Jefferson County sewers -- Workers' compensation -- Taxes (various) -- Other issues
1972 (First) June 8 to June 15, 1972 Licensing and insurance requirements for state chartered savings and loan associations -- Environmental protection -- Congressional reapportionment -- Legislative reapportionment -- Elections (residency requirements) -- Occupational health and safety -- Equal Rights Amendment
1971 (First) February 25 to March 12, 1971 Legislative reapportionment
1965 (First) August 23 to September 17, 1965 Property tax rates -- Local school tax effort -- Federal constitutional amendment on presidential succession -- Constitutional revision legislation
1963 (Third) November 18 to December 5, 1963 Judges' election and compensation -- Motor vehicle inspection
1963 (Second) June 17 to July 2, 1963 Appalachian hospitals -- Federal constitutional poll tax amendment
1963 (First)t January 28 to February 28, 1963 Legislative reapportionment
1960 (First) September 19 to September 23, 1960 Veterans' bonus for nonresidents
1959 (First) December 22 to December 30, 1959 Question of whether to propose calling a constitutional convention with limited subjects for consideration
1956 (Fourth) April 6 to April 27, 1956 Revenue and taxation legislation -- Unemployment compensation -- Municipal annexation procedures -- Escheats -- Appropriation for administration of revenue laws
1956 (Third) March 29 to April 6, 1956 Biennial appropriation
1956 (Second) March 9 to March 28, 1956 Motor vehicle weight limits -- Road fund taxes -- Motor transportation laws -- Highway bond issue act -- Secondary and rural road construction -- Control of Johnson grass on highways
1956 (First) February 27 to March 8, 1956 State and local government reorganization
1951 (First) March 5 to March 14, 1951 Teachers' salaries -- Public assistance appropriation -- Department of Welfare appropriation -- Social security for public employees
1949 (First) March 1 to March 30, 1949 Property tax assessments -- Mental health appropriation -- Policy on state lands and buildings -- RECC bond amortization period
1945 (First) April 23 to May 11, 1945 Public assistance appropriation -- Enabling act for contracts by minors -- Enabling act for the Greater Cincinnati Airport, Boone County
1944 (Second) June 12 to June 16, 1944 Biennial appropriation
1944 (First) May 19 to June 12, 1944 Biennial appropriation
1942 (First) March 5 to April 8, 1942 Legislative reapportionment

Source: Legislative Research Commission.

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