Cabinet & Lobbyists Overview
HS Only | 1 Lobbyist per Commonwealth Bill
Lobbyists must meet Commonwealth eligibility requirements
The Cabinet and Lobbyist Program allows experienced delegates to serve as Lobbyists representing clients in support of or opposition to Commonwealth bills at KYA, or as Cabinet Secretaries who evaluate legislation for their Cabinet’s Budget Priorities and meet with Lobbyists on bills that pass the House and Senate.
Delegations can register 1 Lobbyist for each Commonwealth bill they sponsor at KYA. This means a school can have a maximum of 5 Lobbyists (1 per Commonwealth bill).
Each Lobbyist must support one of their delegation’s Commonwealth bills, and then must select a client to represent in support of the bill at KYA:
Lobbyist Client Request Form (Click Here)
Lobbyist Assignments: 2016 KYA Lobbyist Assignments (Click Here)
After the registration deadline for their KYA, Lobbyists will also be assigned a random bill their delegation’s KYA tag (Red/Blue) to oppose as a private lobbyist (no client).
Any Commonwealth bill not represented by a lobbyist from its delegation will be available to support on a first-come, first-serve basis for lobbyists on the same tag as the bill.
Lobbyist Delegates represent at least 2 clients – 1 client in support of a Commonwealth bill sponsored by their school, and 1 client in opposition to a bill supported by another Lobbyist. Each Lobbyist is responsible for the following tasks:
- Client Selection – Once lobbyists have selected a Commonwealth bill from their delegation to support, they can select their first client to represent who also supports the bill using the Lobbyist Client Selection Form (those who do not complete the form will be matched with an appropriate client by Y-Staff).
- Opposing a Bill – After the registration deadline for their KYA, Lobbyists will be randomly assigned a second bill their delegation’s KYA tag (Red/Blue) to oppose as a private lobbyist (no client). You can draw on whatever resources and research is needed to mount a successful opposition.
- 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.
- Committee Testimony – 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.
- Talking Points – 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.
Cabinet Secretaries (5)
Apply Here | Open to Experienced Delegates (Gr. 10-12)
- Must attend Supporting Officer Training prior to KYA
- 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 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 (any supporting or opposing) on bills under their Cabinet’s jurisdiction that are passed by both the House and Senate. After meeting each Lobbyist, the Secretaries decide which Lobbyist gets to meet with the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet and Secretary of State.
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.
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
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