Every other year, in even years, the Kentucky General Assembly gets an extra 30 days during which to “help” us common citizens lead more wholesome, prosperous, productive lives. Ahem. The 2014 session is 60 days.
There are already almost 200 pre-filed bills. By January 7, there will likely be 300 more. The legislators have to read, understand, investigate, ponder and vote on all those bills inside that 60 day window.
C’mon, you know they read the bills and make informed decisions. How else could they possibly win re-election?
2014 60-Day Session Calendar
Here’s the calendar of events. Expect the timeline to get stretched out a bit due to disagreements and snow days:
- January 7 2014: Legislature Convenes
- February 21, 2014: Last day for a legislator to request a bill to be drafted
- March 3, 2014: Last day for House bills to be introduced
- March 5, 2014: Last day for Senate bills to be introduced
- March 28, 2014 and March 31, 2014: Concurrence Days (Could change under suspension of the rules)
- April 1-11, 2014: Veto session
- April 14, 2014: Legislature reconvenes
- April 15, 2014: Adjourns sine die
Click here for contact information for your Kentucky legislators. For email addresses, you can click the link on the legislator’s page that takes you to a contact form. Or you can figure out the email address: it’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell them what you think of the pre-filed bills. You wanna do that. Otherwise, they think everything they do is sanctioned by “their people.”
“Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
― Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”
― Albert Einstein
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“Civil disobedience, as I put it to the audience, was not the problem, despite the warnings of some that it threatened social stability, that it led to anarchy. The greatest danger, I argued, was civil obedience, the submission of individual conscience to governmental authority. Such obedience led to the horrors we saw in totalitarian states, and in liberal states it led to the public’s acceptance of war whenever the so-called democratic government decided on it…
In such a world, the rule of law maintains things as they are. Therefore, to begin the process of change, to stop a war, to establish justice, it may be necessary to break the law, to commit acts of civil disobedience, as Southern black did, as antiwar protesters did.” ― Howard Zinn