Cities in Kentucky currently have the power to govern within their boundaries without specific legislation authorizing each particular function. Before 1980, cities had to rely almost exclusively on the General Assembly to authorize various functions. However, with home rule cities can function in any way that does not directly conflict with state or federal law. Specific cases of such conflicts vary in terms of their standing but generally speaking, cities have broad authority over their residents and can add to state and federal law but cannot subtract from it.
- KLC Research Report: The Basics of Kentucky Cities (PDF)
- COTC Learning Opportunities (link)
- KLC Legal FAQ: What is Home Rule? (link)
- Chapter 3 of the City Officials Legal Handbook (link)
- Kentucky Constitution Section 156a (link)
- KRS 82.082 (link)