Cabinet & Lobbyists

Cabinet & Lobbyists Overview

HS Only | 1 Lobbyist per Commonwealth Bill
Lobbyists must meet Commonwealth eligibility requirements

Cabinet & Lobbyist Resources Folder
Guides, Templates, and Scripts

The Cabinet and Lobbyist Program allows experienced delegates to serve as Lobbyists supporting and opposing Commonwealth Bills at KYA, or as Cabinet Secretaries who evaluate legislation impacting their Cabinets and meet with Lobbyists on bills that pass the Commonwealth House and Senate.

Delegations can register 1 Lobbyist for each Commonwealth Bill they sponsor at KYA. Delegations can have a max of 5 Commonwealth bills, and therefore a max of 5 lobbyists. Each Lobbyist will:

  • Support 1 Commonwealth Bill on Behalf of a Client
    Each Lobbyist will support one (1) of their delegation’s Commonwealth Bills, and then must select a Client to represent in support of the bill at KYA. You can choose a client from the database in the Resource Folder, or identify another client not on the list.
  • Oppose 1 Commonwealth Bill as a Private Lobbyist
    After the registration deadline for their KYA, Lobbyists will also select 1 Commonwealth Bill from their delegation’s KYA Tag (Red/Blue) to oppose as a private lobbyist – no clients.

Any Commonwealth Bills that are not represented by a lobbyist from their delegation will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis for lobbyists on the same tag as the bill to support or oppose.


Delegate Roles

Lobbyists will support of 1 of their delegation’s Commonwealth bills on behalf of a Client, then will select 1 Commonwealth Bill from their delegation’s KYA Tag (Red/Blue) to oppose as a private lobbyist. Each Lobbyist is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Client Profile – Once lobbyists select a Commonwealth bill from their delegation to support, they can select their client to represent who also supports the bill. They must complete the Client Profile below to be eligible for awards:

Client Profile Submission (Click Here)

  • Committee Testimony (2)  Each lobbyist must prepare 1 minute of testimony to present in committee on behalf of their clients and in opposition to the bill they have assigned. Time slots for testimony in committee occur immediately before AND immediately following pro/con debate. Lobbyists must submit testimony for the bill they are supporting from their delegation and the bill they are assigned to oppose to be eligible for awards:

Testimony Submission (Click Here)

  • Talking Points Cards – After committees, lobbyists do not have speaking privileges during House/Senate debate. To help their bill sponsors and coalitions influence and drive debate, lobbyists will prepare Talking Points to distribute to legislators. These can be prepared prior to KYA (recommended), as well as during the Assembly.
  • Legislative Coalition – In order to successfully support or oppose a bill, Lobbyists must build a legislative coalition consisting of members of the House and Senate. This includes members of the Committee that will hear the bill, as well as the various House and Senate chambers at the Hotel in case the bill is assigned to hotel dockets. Lobbyists can begin preparing their coalitions as early as they choose, but the best opportunity to recruit members is during the Education Fair on Day 1 of KYA.


Supporting Officers

Cabinet Secretaries (5)
Apply Here | Open to Experienced Delegates (Gr. 10-12)

  • Must attend KYA Supporting Officer Training 1 in October
  • Cabinet Secretaries will be assigned a Cabinet after the registration deadline for their KYA.
  • Once assigned a Cabinet, each Secretary is responsible for tracking bills at their KYA under their Cabinet’s jurisdiction. This includes prioritizing each bill as part of their Cabinet Budget Priorities.
  • During committees, Cabinet Secretaries can give 1 minute of testimony on any of the bills under their Cabinet’s jurisdiction. They testify in the same time slots as Lobbyists (before and after pro/con debate).
  • Cabinet Secretaries meet with all Lobbyists (supporting or opposing) on bills under their Cabinet’s jurisdiction that are passed by both the Commonwealth House and Senate. After meeting each Lobbyist, the Secretaries decide which Lobbyist gets to meet with the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet.


Presiding Officers

Elected from Commonwealth Candidates

  • The Governor presides over the entire Assembly, and leads most general sessions
  • Reviews bills passed by the Commonwealth House and Senate. The Governor meets with bill sponsors before determining whether to sign or veto their bill.
  • Consults with the Executive Cabinet on policy issues related to their specific policy areas and budget priorities.

Lt. Governor
Elected from Bluegrass Candidates

  • The Lt. Governor serves as the Executive Branch for the Bluegrass House and Senate
  • Reviews bills passed by the Bluegrass House and Senate, meeting with Bluegrass Bill Sponsors
  • Can consult with the Cabinet on policy issues related to their specific policy areas and budget priorities.

Secretary of the Executive Cabinet
Chosen by Exec. Cabinet & Lobbyist Program

  • Presides over the Exec. Cabinet and Lobbyist program.
  • Meets with Lobbyists who are selected by a Cabinet Secretary to present their position on a bill.
  • Selects 3 lobbyists to with the Governor on bills being considered for signature or veto.

Secretary of State
Elected from Commonwealth Candidates


Assembly Agenda

Program Area Meeting | Day 1

Legislative Coalitions | Day 1

Lobbyist Reception | Day 1

Committee Testimony | Day 1

Talking Points | Day 2

Cabinet Secretary Meetings | Day 2

Secretary of the Cabinet | Day 2

Budget Committee Meeting | Day 2