Group calls on General Assembly to avoid non-essential legislation

The League of Women Voters sent this open letter today to the Kentucky General Assembly:

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky calls on the Kentucky General Assembly to focus its efforts on legislation directly related to the state budget and the coronavirus pandemic. Non-essential and controversial legislation unrelated to these items should be avoided during this time when the public is barred from participating in deliberations.

The League’s mission is to promote the informed and active participation of citizens in government. That sort of participation cannot happen in the current circumstances. Citizens are unable to visit the Capitol to talk with legislators, testify before committees, participate in rallies, and make their voices fully heard.

Many citizens are also too consumed with daily survival to focus on what is happening in Frankfort.

This is not how democracy is supposed to work.

Neither the mission of the General Assembly to serve the people, nor that of the League to promote active citizen participation in our democracy, can be fulfilled under the current circumstances.