KY Supreme Court upholds Gov. Beshear’s executive orders regarding COVID

Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Supreme Court has upheld the governor’s authority to issue coronavirus-related orders putting restrictions on businesses and individuals to try to the contain spread of COVID-19.

The ruling Thursday delivers a victory for Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear in a legal fight with the state’s Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron. The case revolved around the governor’s emergency powers.

The court’s decision comes amid Kentucky’s worst outbreak of the virus. The Supreme Court ruled Beshear’s orders are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, saying the pandemic “is precisely” the type of emergency requiring a response by the governor under state law.

To read the Supreme Court’s opinions in this case, click here.

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(This story was originally published on Nov. 12, 2020)

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