Kentucky State Resource Center
Kentucky Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The state's Attorney General protects consumers from crimes of all types. Under Kentucky law, he serves several roles, including the state's chief prosecutor and the state's chief law officer. As the chief prosecutor, the Attorney General is the Chairman of the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council, which supervises the prosecutors of Kentucky. As chief law officer, he writes opinions to advise government officials and agencies concerning the law. The Attorney General holds an ex officio seat on various Kentucky state boards and agencies.
- Auditor of Public Accounts
The Auditor of Public Accounts ensures that public resources are protected to raise the quality of life for all Kentuckians. The Office of Auditor of Public Accounts includes the Office of Legal and Audit Support Services; Office of Planning and Management; Office of Technology and Special Audits; and the Division of Financial Audits.
The Governor of Commonwealth of Kentucky is the head of the executive branch of the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky, and serves as commander-in-chief of the state's army, navy, and militia forces.
- Lt. Governor
The office of Lt. Governor of Kentucky has existed under the last three of Kentucky's four constitutions, beginning in 1797. The role and powers of the Lt. Governor of Kentucky were greatly altered by a 1992 amendment to the Constitution of Kentucky. As a result, the Lt. Governor has no ongoing constitutional duties, and his or her traditional use of the Old Governor's Mansion as an official residence has been phased out.
- Secretary of State
The Department of State is entrusted with filing, maintaining and preserving certain historically significant documents and public records of the Commonwealth and her people. Despite the fact that Kentucky designates itself a Commonwealth, the office itself is still referred to as "Secretary of State". The Secretary of State's Office is composed of five divisions: The Business Services Division; The Elections Division; The Administrative Services Division; Kentucky Land Office; and Executive Branch of the Office of the Secretary of State.
- State of Kentucky
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a state located in the East Central United States of America. Kentucky is a Southern state. It is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. (This designation, which has no constitutional impact, emphasizes that they have a "government based on the common consent of the people.) Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the fact that native bluegrass is present in many of the pastures throughout the state, based on the fertile soil.
- State Treasurer
The Kentucky State Treasury has been with the state as long as there has been a Kentucky. The treasurer, who can serve two terms, acts as the state's chief elected fiscal officer.
Kentucky Legislative Branch
- Kentucky Legislature
The Kentucky General Assembly, also called the Kentucky Legislature, is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Kentucky. The General Assembly is bicameral, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives
Kentucky Court Rules and Forms
- Kentucky Court of Justice Legal Forms
These forms are provided as a convenience to individuals with legal business in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to assist them in their official capacities or their pursuit of justice.
- Kentucky Court of Justice Local Rules of Practice
Provides links to Local Circuit, District Court, Family Court, and Mediation Rules; as well as Domestic Violence Protocols, the Pretrial Diversion Program; Domestic Relations Rules and Commissioners, and the Misdemeanor Diversion Program for various courts throughout Kentucky.
- Kentucky Supreme Court Rules
Links to the Supreme Court of Kentucky Rules and Procedures in pdf format.
Kentucky Judicial Branch
- Court of Justice
The Kentucky Court System includes the Kentucky Supreme Court; the Court of Appeals; the Circuit Courts; the District Courts; the Administrative Office of Courts; the Judicial Nominating Commission; the Judicial Conduct Commission; and the Judicial Ethics Committee.
Kentucky Executive Branch
- Artisan Center
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is a state authority administratively attached to the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Established to celebrate Kentucky's artisan heritage and to encourage Kentuckians and those traveling in Kentucky to enjoy artisan products and activities.
- Cabinet for Economic Development
The Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and investment in the state. Programs administered by the Cabinet are designed to support and promote economic development within the state, primarily by attracting new industries to the state, assisting in the development of existing industries, and assisting communities in preparing for economic development opportunities.
- Cabinet for Health and Family Services
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health.
- Cabinet for Workforce Development
Workforce Investment connects Kentucky to employment, workforce information, education and training. Provides services and information for Employers; Job Seekers; People with Disabilities; Youth; and Labor Market Information.
- Commonwealth Office of Technology
Commonwealth Office of Technology offers various abilities of Network Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Video Conferencing and Network Engineering.
- Department for Aging and Independent Living
The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) oversees the administration of statewide programs and services on behalf of Kentucky's elders and individuals with disabilities. In partnership with Kentucky's 15 Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living, Community Mental Health Centers, Center for Independent Living and other community partners, DAIL provides leadership and addresses issues and circumstances that stand in the way of elders and individuals with disabilities achieving the best possible quality of life.
- Department for Environmental Protection
The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has been given the duty to lead the effort to protect and enhance Kentucky’s environment. The department includes: the Division of Air Quality; the Division of Compliance Assistance; the Division of Enforcement; the Division of Environmental Program Support; the Division of Waste Management; and the Division of Water.
- Department for Libraries and Archives
The mission of KDLA is to support and promote access to library services and to ensure that documentation of government activities is created, preserved and made available for public use. The Department accomplishes its programs through the activities of the Commissioner's Office and four Divisions: the Administrative Services Division; the Field Services Division; the Public Records Division; and the State Library Services Division.
- Department for Natural Resources
The Department for Natural Resources oversees activities and programs related to forestry, conservation, mining, and land preservation. The department, through its divisions and partnerships, provides technical assistance, educational programs, and funding to assist the general public, landowners, institutions, industries, and communities in conserving and sustaining Kentucky's natural resources. In addition, the department is responsible for the inspection of timber harvests and mining operations to ensure compliance with laws that protect the public, the environment and Kentucky’s coal miners.
- Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture is a consumer protection and service agency. Their website provides information for consumers and farmers on state services, initiatives, and programs. The Department administers Kentucky Proud, the state's official farm marketing program.
- Department of Corrections
The mission of the Department of Corrections is to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth and to provide a safe, secure and humane environment for staff and offenders in carrying out the mandates of the legislative and judicial processes; and, to provide opportunities for offenders to acquire skills which facilitate non-criminal behavior.
- Department of Education
The Kentucky Department of Education is a service agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is is an agency of the state Education Cabinet. The department provides resources and guidance to Kentucky's public schools and districts as they implement the state's K-12 education requirements. The department also serves as the state liaison for federal education requirements and funding opportunities.
- Department of Financial Institutions
The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is the state agency responsible for the supervision of the financial services industry and for chartering, licensing and registering various financial institutions, securities firms and professionals operating in Kentucky. In order to accomplish its mission, DFI conducts examinations on state-regulated financial industries through its Division of Depository Institutions, Division of Nondepository Institutions and Division of Securities.
- Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction
Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction provides oversight of building construction through enforcement of building and fire codes including: elevators, boilers, manufactured housing, hazardous materials, electrical installations and plumbing. The agency also ensures fire and life safety in existing buildings; licenses/certifies plumbers, electricians, boiler contractors, sprinkler and/or fire alarm contractors and building inspectors; and serves as headquarters for the State Fire Marshal's office.
- Department of Insurance
The Kentucky Department of Insurance regulates the commonwealth's insurance market, licenses agents and other insurance professionals, monitors the financial condition of companies, educates consumers to make wise choices and ensures that Kentuckians are treated fairly in the marketplace.
- Department of Military Affairs
Department of Military Affairs includes the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard. The federal mission is to recruit, train and deploy military personnel and units anywhere in the world when ordered by the Department of Defense. The Guard also stands ready to assist state agencies and local governments during disasters and emergencies declared by the Governor.
- Department of Personnel
The Personnel Cabinet provides leadership and guidance to attract, develop, motivate and retain a talented, diverse workforce; foster an understanding of and adherence to regulatory requirements; and create a positive, supportive work environment that values all employees.
- Department of Public Protection
The Public Protection Cabinet and its employees touch the lives of many Kentucky citizens. If your money is deposited into a state bank or other financial institution, if you have ever watched a horse race, purchased an insurance policy or played a bingo game sponsored by a local charitable group, you have benefited from our work. If you have ever appealed a property tax assessment or applied for a building permit, you have dealt with one of our agencies.
- Department of Revenue
The mission of the Finance and Administration Cabinet is to be the best possible steward of the taxpayer's dollar by responsibly investing and distributing the Commonwealth's financial resources, effectively administering the collection of state revenues, efficiently managing and procuring all of the Commonwealth's property and attentively operating the state's consolidated technology platforms.
- Division of Emergency Management
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management is a division of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs. It has many internal programs, including; the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program; Earthquake; Search and Rescue; Training; and Mitigation. Its missions are to protect the Commonwealth from all situations that could result in a loss of life or loss of property and to protect and restore the Commonwealth from all forms of dangers through effective preparation, mitigation, planning, training, response and recovery operations using effective Communications, Collaboration and Coordination techniques.
- Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Through the work of its dedicated employees in eight departmental agencies and offices, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is determined to provide life-long educational and workforce services through seamless, efficient and accessible learning opportunities for all Kentucky's citizens, from pre-school to senior citizens.
- Energy and Environment Cabinet
Energy and the environment – two parts of our daily lives that seem at first glance to be counter to each other. Yet, in Kentucky, we firmly believe these two areas can and should be part of the same discussion. That is why the Governor brought the two together under the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC). There are three departments within the EEC. The Department for Environmental Protection, Department for Natural Resources and Department for Energy Development and Independence.
- Finance and Administration Cabinet
The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s (FAC) is responsible for the construction and maintenance of state facilities, the leasing of state property, expenditure control, state purchasing, information technology support and resources, debt services and printing services. FAC provides the administrative support and the facilities to enable agencies to provide the access to government that the public needs and deserves.
- Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
The Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) provides a direct link between the Governor and one of the state's most important industries. The office administers the Governor's Commission on Family Farms, the Kentucky Agricultural Resource Development Authority (KARDA), the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (Phase I), the Kentucky Tobacco Settlement Trust Corporation (Phase II), and the Kentucky Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund. Additionally, this office represents Kentucky's interests as national agricultural policy is developed.
- Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) is the state entity responsible for criminal justice services, which encompasses law enforcement activities and training; prevention, education and treatment of substance abuse; juvenile treatment and detention; adult incarceration; autopsies, death certifications and toxicology analyses; special investigations; paroling of eligible convicted felons; and long range planning and recommendations on statewide criminal justice reform issues.
- Kentucky Adult Education
Kentucky Adult Education’s core business is to raise the educational levels of eligible adults by providing academic instruction that leads to strong literacy skills and GED® attainment, which are the gateways to postsecondary education and highly skilled employment.
- Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, located in Louisville, is a major performing arts center in Kentucky. The Center also hosts artworks by various artists. The Center has an education department, with programs for children and adults that travel into all corners of Kentucky. Programs include: ArtsReach; Governor's School for the Arts; and Gheens Great Expectations Project.
- Kentucky Geography Network
KYGEONET is the Geospatial Data Clearinghouse for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A variety of datasets can be located and accessed, static map products can be downloaded, and many internet mapping applications and services are easily accessible via the site.
- Kentucky Historical Society
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. KHS collects, preserves, conserves, interprets and shares information, memories and materials from Kentucky's past to assist those interested in exploring and preserving that heritage. This mission is served through: Museum collections, Oral History collection and Libraries and Special Collection.
- Kentucky Housing Corporation
Kentucky Housing Corporation, as the state housing finance agency, is committed to putting people first as we continue to build partnerships and provide safe, quality, affordable housing. The Corporation is a self-supporting, public corporation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky administratively attached to the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Other programs additionally offered by Kentucky Housing include rental housing production financing, homeownership education/counseling and a variety of rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and home repair initiatives.
- Kentucky State Police
The Kentucky State Police strives to maintain the highest standards of excellence utilizing training and technology to create a safe environment for citizens and continue as a national leader in law enforcement. The Kentucky State Police promotes public safety through service, integrity, and professionalism utilizing partnerships to: Prevent, reduce, and deter crime and the fear of crime; Enhance highway safety through education and enforcement; and Safeguard property and protect individual rights.
- Kentucky Tourism
Kentucky Tourism is the online Tourism Guide to Kentucky vacation attractions and events located in Kentucky. Provides links and information to explore Kentucky; places to stay; things to do; events; outdoor adventure; maps; travel tools; and photos & videos.
- Kentucky Virtual Library
Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) is dedicated to supplying all Kentuckians with a comprehensive and dynamic collection of information resources.
- Labor Cabinet
The mandate of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet is to protect the working women and men of Kentucky and to promote harmonious industrial relations. Provides information pertaining to employer-employee relations, worker protection, minimum wage, and related legislation. The The Department of Workers’ Claims (DWC) and the Department of Workplace Standards are administratively attached to the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.
- Office for the Blind
The Kentucky Office for the Blind is a state government rehabilitation agency that offers assistance to persons who are blind or visually impaired. The Office also provide various services for employers interested in hiring or accommodating workers who have a vision loss.
- Office of Creative Services
The Office of Creative Services is uniquely qualified to handle graphic design, photography, video, and sound needs through a cohesive in-house structure that saves time and money with a focus on quality.
- Office of Employment and Training
The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training (OET) is part of the Department of Workforce Investment. OET Staff provide job services, unemployment insurance services, Labor Market Information, and training opportunities.
- Office of Health Policy
The Office of Health Policy, in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, ensures coordinated, timely, efficient and cost-effective health planning and policy research. The office includes Certificate of Need, which controls growth of unnecessary, duplicative and underused health care services, and Health Policy Development, which works to apply best practices and innovative strategies from the private sector and other states to benefit Kentuckians.
- Office of Mine Safety and Licensing
Office of Mine Safety and Licensing provides safety, education and training of all coal miners; licensing of coal mines and inspection for safety hazards; licensing of blasters and regulation of storage and handling of explosives; and mine rescue, mine safety analysis and accident investigation.
- Office of State Budget Director
The Office of State Budget Director (OSBD) includes the Governor's Office for Policy Management (GOPM), the Governor's Office for Policy Research (GOPR), and the Governor's Office for Economic Analysis (GOEA). Under the direction of the State Budget Director, these offices serve as staff to the Governor. Tthe mission of OSBD is to provide the Governor and the Commonwealth high quality analysis, sound advice, objective research, and management assistance in regard to the policy, budget, and economic issues facing the Commonwealth; and to ensure the fiscal integrity and continuity of Kentucky state government.
- State Parks
The Kentucky park system, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was created in 1924 by the General Assembly. There are 52 Kentucky State Parks. Each park has its own unique attributes, from shorelines to majestic mountains, from winding caves to enchanting woodlands.
- Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
The Cabinet includes the following agencies: Kentucky Department of Travel, Kentucky Department of Parks, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Humanities Council, Kentucky State Fair Board, Kentucky Sports Authority, Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Frankfort Convention Complex, Governor’s School for the Arts, Kentucky Artisans Center in Berea, Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Horse Park and the Office of Creative Services.
- Transportation Cabinet
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is an executive branch agency responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of a safe, efficient multi-modal transportation system throughout the commonwealth. The cabinet manages more than 27,000 miles of highways. The cabinet also provides direction for 230 licensed airports and heliports and oversees all motor vehicle and driver's licensure for more than three million drivers in the commonwealth.
Kentucky Boards and Commissions
- Kentucky Board of Claims
The Board of Claims was established by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1946 with the mission to ensure an impartial and fair review of all claims filed by citizens who believe their person or property has been damaged through negligence on the part of the commonwealth of Kentucky.
- Kentucky Board of Education
As mandated by Kentucky law, the Kentucky Board of Education develops and adopts the regulations that govern Kentucky's 174 public school districts and the actions of the Kentucky Department of Education. Department officials follow board guidelines as they both lead and serve public elementary, middle and high schools.
- Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board
The Partnership Board governs the Cabinet for Economic Development. It is responsible for directing and overseeing the Cabinet and adopting a Strategic Plan.
- Personnel Board
The Personnel Board was established to safeguard the "merit system" for state government employees and to serve as an impartial adjudicator of employee-employer disputes for state government.
- Workers’ Compensation Board
Since 1987 and pursuant to KRS 342.285, the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board has been the first step in the appellate process in a workers’ compensation litigated claim. The three members of the board are appointed to four-year terms by the governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Board members must possess qualifications of Court of Appeals judges.
- Workforce Investment Board
The 42-member Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) serves as an advisory board to the Governor on workforce training and development issues. The KWIB is charged with creating a statewide vision for workforce development and adopt a plan to move Kentucky forward through workforce training and development.