Kentucky Revised Statutes enacted in 1942 were primarily the result of six years of
labor by the Statute Committee of 1936 and its editorial staff, whose work focused on
eliminating from the accumulation of seventy years of legislation those provisions no
longer in force or effect, and restating and compiling the remainder in an understandable
form. Involved was a complete reclassification - bringing together those laws and parts of
laws which, because of similiarity of subject matter, properly belonged together, and an
arrangement of the laws within each class in a logical order.
KRS 7.140(1) provides that the
Reviser of Statutes is appointed by the Legislative Research Commission upon
recommendation of its director and that the Reviser may be removed only upon the approval
of the Legislative Research Commission. This statute sets the requirement that "the
reviser shall be learned in the law and shall be either a member of the bar of Kentucky or
a person who has had at least two (2) years of responsible experience in statute revision
1942 General Assembly, in addition to enacting the Kentucky Revised Statutes, also
created a Statute Revision Commission and the office of Reviser of Statutes. By 1954 Ky.
Acts ch. 48, the functions of the Statute Revision Commission and the office of the
Reviser of Statutes were transferred to the Legislative Research Commission and an
Advisory Committee on Statute Revision was created. This advisory committee was eliminated
by the repeal of KRS 7.130 in 1984.
following attorneys have been Kentucky's Revisers of Statutes since the creation of the
position in 1942:
Robert W. Meagher
James A. Tyler
Dee A. Akers
David B. Whites
Robert W. Oliver
Edward M. Summers
Melbourne Mills, Jr.
Norman Lawson, Jr.
Edith M. Schwab
John M. Spangler
The current Reviser of Statutes is Rob Williams, who was appointed to the position
effective December 13, 2006. He can be reached by mail at Legislative Research Commission,
State Capitol, Room 409, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; by telephone at (502) 564-8100, ext
404; or by electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- KRS 7.120(1) directs that
"[t]he Legislative Research Commission shall formulate, supervise, and execute plans
and methods for the future revision, clarification, classification, codification, and
arrangement of the official version of the Kentucky Revised Statutes." Under KRS 7.140(1), the execution of
the Commission's responsibilities under this statute and several other statutes in KRS
Chapter 7 are to be carried out by the Reviser of Statutes.
Reviser of Statutes, and his staff , --
the official version of the Kentucky Revised Statutes in an electronic database.
all bill drafts and amendments prepared by LRC committee staff prior to their introduction
in either chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly.
new statutes into the Kentucky Revised Statutes by editing and assigning KRS numbers to
the new laws.
amendatory text into existing statutes and, in the case of multiple amendments to the same
statute, determines under KRS
7.136(3) whether the amendments are or are not in conflict.
the publication of the session laws volumes (the Kentucky Acts) after each regular and
extraordinary session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
- Has the
authority to perform a number of editorial functions specified in KRS 7.136(1) and (2) in
establishing and maintaining the texts of the laws contained in the official version of
the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
reviser's bills for introduction in the Kentucky General Assembly to revise and correct
problems that exist in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
by appointment of the Legislative Research Commission, as one of Kentucky's commissioners
to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
and conducts courses and seminars on bill drafting procedures for agency staff and for
executive agency employees and other interested parties.
the Bill Drafting Manual for the Kentucky General Assembly, the reference book for