Law of Kentucky

Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) is the name given to the body of laws which govern the Commonwealth of Kentucky, United States. They are created pursuant to the Kentucky Constitution and must conform to the limitations set out in the Constitutions of Kentucky and the United States. The laws of Kentucky may also be superseded by statutes of the United States where the two bodies of law conflict.


The Kentucky Revised Statutes were enacted in 1942, largely as a result of the Statute Committee of 1936. The goal of the committee was to reduce the amount of clutter that had accumulated in Kentucky's prior statutes and draft an organized body of law from what remained. The most important task was rearranging statutes that were topically related but not located near one another in the statutes as they existed.

1942 also saw the creation of a Statute Revision Commission and office of Reviser of Statutes. In 1954 the jobs of the Commission and Reviser were consolidated and transferred to Legislative Research Commission (LRC).

KRS today

By law, the LRC is directed to clarify, organize, plan, and draft laws. It is also responsible for publishing the laws online.

External links

  • The unofficial text of the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
  • The statute law of Kentucky with notes, praelections, and observations on the public acts : comprehending also, the laws of Virginia and acts of Parliament in force in this commonwealth : the charter of Virginia, the federal and state constitutions, and so much of the king of England's proclamation in 1763 as relates to the titles to land in Kentucky : together with a table of reference to the cases adjudicated in the Court of Appeals. Frankfort, (Ken.) Printed by and for William Hunter. 1809.
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