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ACUF Releases 2018 Scores of Kentucky General Assembly

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly. ACUF’s Ratings—both federal and state—are an initiative of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 of the nation’s elected officials view the role of government and illustrate the differences between chambers of the legislature, while revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect Kentuckians.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member. According to ACUF’s Year in Review, the Kentucky General Assembly’s overall conservative score improved slightly compared to the 2017 session (from 71.61 percent to 72.05 percent).

Kentucky legislators voted on key issues during the 2018 session. In one or both chambers, they voted to levy $400 million in taxes on individuals and businesses, strengthen protections against entitlement program fraud, and ban dismemberment abortions.

“We salute the conservatives of the Kentucky General Assembly who voted to make it tougher for unconscionable scam artists to defraud programs designed to benefit the poor,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Unfortunately, the legislature as a whole voted to override Governor Bevin’s veto and levy a $400 million tax increase on Kentucky families and small businesses. We hope the General Assembly will follow the example of those conservative lawmakers who work to advance policies that will help people in Kentucky lead fulfilling lives.”

The average score for Republican Kentucky House Representatives was 83 percent, while 43 percent of all representatives earned awards for scoring 80 percent or better. Sixty-one percent of Kentucky State Senators earned awards. The overall average for the Kentucky Legislature was 72.05 percent.

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For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected].