Members/Member Services

Legislative Lobbying

The main reason the Kentucky Press Association is in Frankfort is because it's the headquarters of state government in Kentucky. KPA has designated itself a watchdog on issues concerning the newspaper industry, particularly during the Regular and Special Sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Of primary importance are issues related to Open Meetings, Open Records, Public Notice Advertising and environmental issues affecting the newspaper industry.

During each Regular Session, KPA member newspapers are kept aware of the latest legislative news with a weekly KPA Legislative Bulletin. The bulletin is sent to publishers, editors and advertising managers, giving a synopsis of each legislative bill of interest and stating the position taken on the measure, if any, by KPA.

Positions on various legislative concerns are taken by KPA only after discussing the issue with the KPA Legislative Committee and the KPA Board of Directors.

Two KPA representatives are registered lobbyists during all General Assembly sessions.

Periodically, member newspapers are asked for help in supporting or defeating a particular piece of information by getting in touch with their local legislators.

The Kentucky Press Association also publishes "Kentucky Laws Affecting Newspapers." This publication is designed to keep newspaper staffs aware of all laws involving the newspaper industry and is published every other year, following the Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. All state laws and regulations are also available by contacting the KPA Central Office.