Kentucky retailers’ biggest advocate, in your corner since 1939.

The Kentucky Retail Federation's government affairs team provides effective and well-respected representation in both legislative affairs and the regulatory process. Your membership in the Kentucky Retail Federation includes access to an experienced, knowledgeable staff that can provide the information you need to comply with laws and interpret regulations.

The Federation was founded seven decades ago to advocate before the government of Kentucky on behalf of its member companies and organizations.

Today, advocacy before state government remains the KRF’s top priority and our government affairs staff reflects that dedication. KRF offers members a comprehensive approach to governmental affairs with emphasis on the interim activity such as committee monitoring, regulatory intervention, relationship building and grassroots development as well as issues management and, of course, direct lobbying during the legislative session. Our government affairs staff advocates on behalf of our members on legislation and public policy that directly impacts retailers and supports legislation and public policy that strengthens the state’s business climate. The Federation is headquarted in Frankfort, offering quick access to the state’s top decision-makers and policy-setters.

Legislative Affairs

KRF’s long involvement in the legislative process has raised greater awareness of the retail industry. The government affairs staff continues to focus on maintaining a strong grassroots network of members and affiliates.

A powerful component of the Kentucky Retail Federation’s government affairs is The Retail Record, an electronic publication provided to KRF members during legislative sessions. The Retail Record is the official resource for up to date and accurate coverage of retail issues being considered by the Kentucky General Assembly. In addition, The Kentucky Retailer also includes information about legislative activities. Both The Retail Record and The Kentucky Retailer are available as a member benefit to KRF members. Visit our Members Only page for The Retail Record archives.

Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Government affairs doesn’t stop with the legislative branch. Keeping up with government regulations is not only an important government affairs function, but also an essential member service. Kentucky state government contains a myriad of agencies that promulgate rules and regulations affecting retailers.

KRF staff members possess invaluable experience in compliance and regulatory education, the kind of experience that comes from years of working with all levels of state government. The Federation is available to assist any association member with concerns or questions regarding regulatory matters.

One great benefit of membership in the Kentucky Retail Federation is the representation by their talented government affairs team. The team has developed strong relationships throughout state government and their opinions are valued and trusted by the legislature.
— Tim McGurk Public Affairs The Kroger Co.
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