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This is KFTC's annual Citizen's Legislative Guide. Inside you can learn about our proposed legislation in the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly, contact info and committee assignments for our legislators, and other important information to help you lobby in Frankfort.

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  • Published by Kentuckians For The CommonwealthJanuary 10, 2012

    KFTC Citizens Legislative Guide

    Information for effective citizen participation in the 2012 General Assembly

    Kentucky Needs Your VoiceRight now is the best chance to build New Power in Kentucky. But we have to address the problems caused by Old Power old political power, old economic power and old energy power!

    CLEAN ENERGY LOBBY DAY FEB. 28 VOTING RIGHT LOBBY DAY MARCH 8

    I LOVE MOUNTAINS DAY FEB. 14ECONOMIC JUSTICE LOBBY DAY JAN. 18

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  • January 10, 2012Kentuckians For The Commonwealth 2012 Citizens Legislative Guide2

    KFTCs Legislative GuideTable of Contents

    WhattoexpectwhenyoulobbywithKFTC 3LegislativeCalendar 3KFTC2012LegislativePrioritiesVotingRights 4KFTC2012LegislativePrioritiesTaxReform 5KFTC2012LegislativePrioritiesMountaintopRemoval 6Tipsforusingthetoll-freelegislativemessageline 6KFTC2012LegislativePrioritiesCleanEnergy 7KFTC2012LegislativePrioritiesImmigration&otherbills 8ImportantHousePhoneNumbers 9ListingofallHousemembers 8-13Housecommittees 14ListingofallSenatemembers 15-17HouseandSenatecommitteeschedules 18GetInvolved,StayInformed 18Senatecommittees 19Membersuggestionsforeffectivelobbying 19ListingofSenateandHousemembersbycounty 20-21Locating,callingalegislatorinFrankfort 22Howabillbecomeslaw 23

    Dearfriends,TheKentuckyGeneralAssemblyisinsession,andonceagainwehavetheopportunitytoinfluencethedirectionofourstatebylobbyinginFrankfort.

    BeforeIstartedlobbyingwithKFTC,Iknewalmostnothingaboutthewaybillsarebornandwaysinwhichtheymove(ordont)throughtheHouseandSenate.Lobbyingwasagoodwaytolearn.

    OnethingIlearnedisthattheresaneedtoeducatelegislatorsonissuesthatareimportanttous.Inanysession,legislatorshavestacksofpaperworkrelatedtovariousbills.In2010,forexample,therewereover600Housebills.Eventhemostconscientiouslegislatorwonthavetimetoreadeverythingandthinkaboutwhatsinvolved.Thatsonewaywereneeded.Intalkingwithlegislatorswecanbringattentiontothebillswethinkareimportant,bothbadstufftostopandbillsweresupporting.

    WedontlookliketheotherlobbyistsinFrankfort.ManylegislatorsappreciatethefactthatKFTCmem-bersareordinarypeopleworkingforthewellbeingofallKentuckiansnotpaidlobbyistswhorepresentvestedfinancialinterests.Wefindthatmanylegisla-torsareopentohearingourconcerns.

    Andattimesweveplayedamajorroleinshapingoutcomes.Myfirstexperiencecamein2004inrelationtoanetmeteringbillforutilitycustomerswhogen-

    TheCitizensLegislativeGuideispublishedbyKentuckiansForTheCommonwealthandmailedthirdclassfromLexington,Ky.Sendyourfeedbackto250SouthlandDriveSuite#4,Lexington,KY.40503ortim@kftc.org.

    eratesomeoftheirelectricityfromrenewablesources.Were-cruitedbipartisansponsorsandnegotiatedwithcabinetofficials.Wehadourfacts,andwewerepersistent.Whenthelegislationpassedeventhoughitwasamodestfirststepitopenedthedoorfornet-meteringinKentucky.Weveseenthesamepatternwithourtaxreformwork.Lotsandlotsandlotsofconversations,backedbysoundresearch,ledtoachangeinthetaxstructurein2005thatremoved500,000low-incomeKentuckiansfromtheincometaxrolls.AndnowwerehopefulthatourKentuckyForwardBill,refinedandstrengthenedovertheyears,willsoonplayamajorroleincompre-hensivetaxreforminourstate.Wehavetobepatient.Craftingabill,findingsponsorsandmovingapieceoflegislationthroughtheGeneralAssemblyisacomplexprocess.Politics,moneyandpowerplayhugeroles.ButhelpinglegislatorsdevelopanunderstandingoftheissuesandwhatordinaryKentuckiansthinkcanmakeadifference.Weveseenithappen.SeeyouinFrankfort!SteveBoyceKFTCChairperson

    eratesomeoftheirelectricityfrom

    modestfirststepitopenedthedoorfornet-meteringinKentucky.

    Grassroots lobbying educates legislators for immediate and long-term change

    You cant go it alone. You have to have a

    group of people fi ghting and lobbying on behalf

    of the issues that are dear to your heart.

    Mickey McCoy Martin County

    KentuckiansForTheCommonwealth

    is a statewide grassroots social justice orga ni-zation working for a new balance of power and a just society. KFTC uses direct-action organizing to accomplish the following goals:

    foster democratic values change unjust institutions empower individuals overcome racism and other discrimination communicate a message of what is possible build the organization help people participate win issues that affect the common welfare have fun

    KFTC membership dues are $15 to $50 per year, based on ability to pay. No one is denied membership because of inability to pay. Membership is open to anyone who is committed to equality, democracy and nonviolent change.

    KFTCSteeringCommittee

    Steve Boyce, ChairpersonSue Tallichet, Vice-Chairperson

    Dana Beasley Brown, Secretary-TreasurerK.A. Owens, Immediate Past ChairRick Handshoe, At-Large Member

    ChapterRepresentativesRosanne Fitts Klarer, Scott County

    Erika Skaggs, Central KentuckyTed Withrow, Rowan County

    Ben Baker, Northern KentuckyMary Love, Jefferson County

    Travis Lane, Bowling Green & FriendsCarl Shoupe, Harlan County

    Cleveland Smith, Perry CountyMegan Naseman, Madison CountyElizabeth Sanders, Letcher County

    Nathan Hall, Floyd County

    Vacant, Scott County; Christian Torp, Central Ken-tucky; Lisa Bryant, Rowan County; Katie Meyer, Northern Kentucky; Christine Farmer, Jefferson

    County; Vacant, Bowling Green & Friends; Roy Silver, Harlan County; Tiffany Stiles, Perry County; Meta

    Mendel-Reyes, Madison County; Ada Smith, Letcher County; Bev May, Floyd County

    KentuckiansForTheCommonwealthP.O. Box 1450 London, Kentucky 40743-1450

    606-878-2161

  • January 10, 2012 Kentuckians For The Commonwealth 2012 Citizens Legislative Guide

    Why KFTC publishes this Citizens Legislative Guide

    Thirty years ago KFTC members got involved in their first legislative session. Our issues were noticed, our presence was felt, members were empowered, legislators became more accountable and the groundwork was laid for a string of significant legislative victories over the years. The importance of grassroots involvement in the legislative process whether lobbying in Frankfort or working from home cannot be understated. We provide the information in this publication to help enable and improve that involvement and ultimately make Kentucky a better place to live, raise families and do business.

    What to expect when you lobby with KFTC in Frankfort IfyoulobbywithKFTCinFrank-fort,hereiswhatyoucanexpect. On most lobbying days, a staffmemberwillmeetwithyouwhenyouarriveinCapitolAnnex(besuretoletKFTCknowaheadoftimethatyouarecoming). Tuesdays,WednesdaysandThurs-day are generally the best lobbyingdayssincelegislatorscomeinlateonMondaysandleaveearlyonFridays. Beforeseeinglegislators,youwillbeupdatedonthestatusofKFTCbillsandwhichlegislatorsneedtobecon-tacted. KFTCwillconductthisbriefingat9a.m.(flexible),aftercitizenlobbyistsmeetintheannexcafeteria. TheKFTCstaffpersonwillalsoletyouknowifthereareanyimportantcommitteemeetingsthatday,oranyimportant votes scheduled on theHouseorSenatefloor. KFTCtriestopairupexperiencedcitizenlobbyistswiththosewithlessornoexperience.Otherthanmeetingwithonesownlegislators(youmaywanttocallaheadtomakeanappoint-mentwiththem),KFTCdoesnotexpectanyonetolobbybythemselvesunlesstheyfeelcomfortabledoingso.Groupsareusuallymorefunandeffective. Talkingwithlegislatorsisgenerally

    apleasantexperience.Mostlegislatorsarehappytoheartheopinionsofthepublic,especiallytheirownconstitu-ents. Legislators do have busy daysorsomejustdontwanttohearfromcitizens.Thatcanbedisheartening. Youarenotexpectedtoknowallthedetailsofthebillsyouasklegislatorstosupport(oroppose).Whatisimportantisthatyoutellthelawmakerwhyyousupportthebill,andhowitwillaffectyou personally or your community.KFTCcanprovideafactsheetforthedetails. If you are asked a question thatyoudontknowtheanswerto,letthatlegislatorthatsomeonefromKFTCwillgetbacktothemwithananswer.DontforgettotellaKFTCstaffpersonthatthisneedstobedone! Many KFTC members find thattheyknowasmuchormoreabouttheissueasthelegislatordoes.Dontbesurprisedby this legislatorshaveseveralhundredbillstostudyandcantbewell-informedaboutallofthem.Theinformationyouprovidemaybemorethantheyreceivefromanyoneelse. After meeting with legislators,reportbacktotheKFTClobbyingco-ordinatorabouttheconversationandany commitments or questions theyhad.Thisinformationhelpsusprepare

    formeetingsonthenextlobbyday. Yourlobbyingexperiencewillin-cludemorethanface-to-facemeetingswithlegislators.Attendingcommitteemeetings or sessions of the Houseor Senate canbe interestingand in-formative.AndmeetingotherKFTCmembersfromaroundthestatewillmakethedayenjoyableandremindyouthatyouarepartofalargerfamilyofconcernedKentuckians. Another important thing: whenyou lobbywithKFTC, expect to beaskedtolobbyforotherbillsthatmaynotbeyourtoppriority,butareatopprioritytoKFTCmembersfromother

    counties.Youcandothisknowingthatother KFTC members are lobbyingtheirownlegislatorsonthebillsthatyouaremostinterestedin. DontforgetthatcitizenlobbyingdoesnothavetotakeplaceinthehallsoftheCapitol.Meetingwithyourlegis-latorinhisorherhomedistrictcanbeveryeffective.Thatoftengivesyouachancetogetmorepeopletoattendthemeeting.MostlegislatorsarehomeonweekendswhiletheGeneralAssemblyisinsessionandexpecttomeetwithconstituents. Goodluck.Andenjoythefeelingofknowingyouremakingadifference.

    Going to Frankfort during the legislative session is one of the

    most important things that a citizen can do. It gives you the

    opportunity to share your desires in your own words, face to face, with your representatives. Your representatives are waiting to

    hear from you. Dont pass up the opportunity t