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2024 legislative session comes to a close with vetoes overridden, bills finalized

By Shellie Hampton, Director of Government Affairs
Legislators filed more than 1,200 bills this year

The final two days of the 2024 General Assembly’s regular session, April 12 and 15, saw a flurry of activity as the Republican supermajorities in both chambers worked to not only pass bills but to override all of Gov. Andy Beshear’s vetoes that were issued during the veto period.   

You can read about those vetoes here 

The governor has up to ten days after bill passage to act on bills. That means Beshear has until April 24 to veto any bills sent to him on day 59, and until April 26 to veto any bills sent to him on the final day. Any bills vetoed after the session is over are dead. 

More than 1,200 bills were filed this year and more than 200 made it to the finish line by April 15. 

Legislators will return to Frankfort this summer for interim committee meetings, which begin in June and run through early December.  

KACo staff are continuing to review all legislation passed and will finalize the annual legislative wrap up report by the end of the month. Watch your inbox for that report. In addition, a separate analysis of HB 829, which updated Kentucky’s medical cannabis program, is forthcoming. 

Please join KACo April 30 at 2 p.m. EDT for a virtual membership briefing on new laws that will impact counties. You can click here to register.  

Most importantly, we want to thank our members for your continued outreach and engagement with legislators. You live where they live, you serve the same constituents they serve, and your relationship with them is the most important path county officials have to a successful session.  

You can contact the KACo government affairs team with any questions, comments or ideas for the next session! Email or 



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