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Warm up a cold day! Take action now

Legislative action in Frankfort has been slower than usual due to this week’s weather, but lawmakers still need to hear from you about many important bills whose outcomes will be decided in the next two weeks. Please take action today to let lawmakers know where you stand on many critical issues.

KFTC is tracking and working on a variety of bills. Below are several suggested messages for your legislators and members of key committees on some of our priority bills. Please take action on one or more of these bills as you are able. We recommend leaving just one message each time you call. But you can certainly call the message line more than once!

I Love Mountains Day 2015

KFTC members and allies will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the I Love Mountains Day Rally and Lobby Day on Thursday February 12. Find out more information and register online here!

Attend one of our grassroots lobby trainings


We are hosting several grassroot lobby trainings around the state to help folks get geared up for the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly. We have an ambitious agenda of bills we'd like to get passed this year, and we need folks like you to represent the voices of everyday Kentuckians as these issues are debated. These trainings will teach you about KFTC's priority legislation, how to get in touch with our lawmakers, how to navigate the capitol, how to write letters to the editor, and more. You don't need experience talking about policy to lobby, you just need to tell your story. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Also, be sure to check out our list upcoming lobby days and other important legislative dates here.

Give the gift of KFTC

Give a gift membership to KFTC to a friend or family member.

Important dates for the 2015 General Assembly

Kentucky's 2015 General Assembly is just around the corner! The 2015 session will be a short (30 day) session, but we are planning to pack a lot of citizen lobbying into that short period of time. Below is a calendar of our upcoming major lobby days and other important dates. Many of the details for our major lobby days are still being worked out, but we will share out additional information as we know more.

Need a gift for Christmas? Visit our store!

Visit our online store for some great KFTC merchandise. Our t-shirts and hoodies make great gifts for the holidays!

Add your voice to the push for strong coal ash disposal standards

The coal ash pile at Louisville Gas & Electric's Cane Run plant pictured above is located in a residential area and has been the source of toxic ash blowing onto nearby homes. It's one of the concerns being addressed by the KFTC Jefferson County chapter's Air Quality Team.

Kentucky is fifth in the nation is coal ash generation. A 2011 study by Earthjustice found that Kentucky had 43 operating coal ash disposal sites, 21 of which exceed a height of 25 feet or impound more than 500 acre‐feet of ash. Professional engineers did not design 20 of the state’s 43 dams nor did they oversee construction of 27 of them.

For years, KFTC members have been working to eliminate public exposure to toxic coal ash. This includes leakage from coal ash lagoons and the blowing of ash onto neighboring houses.

It’s a major problem in Kentucky because of our unhealthy dependence on burning coal for electricity, with arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, boron among the dangerous chemicals found in pollution from the more than 40 coal ash disposal sites in Kentucky. A 2010 report co-authored by the Kentucky Waterways Alliance found:

“Every day in Kentucky, ponds and landfills leak into our groundwater and rivers, seeping out a slow-motion flood of contamination … every site in Kentucky for which groundwater data was available appears to be leaking. Kentucky is failing to control coal combustion waste contamination.”

Raise the Wage in Louisville

An ordinance filed in September to raise Louisville's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is very close to securing the 14 votes needed to pass a full vote of the Louisville Metro Council! But there is still work to be done. Both Metro Council Members and Mayor Fischer have said that they want to hear from their constituents. Your voice is crucial to getting the sponsors and the votes to pass this important legislation.


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