Kentucky lawmakers reconvene to shape response to COVID-19


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican lawmakers are getting their chance to shape the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They reconvened Tuesday for a special session expected to last at least five days.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear called lawmakers into session to consider virus-related issues. He’s asking the GOP-dominated legislature to extend the state of emergency until mid-January, and give him authority to require masking when the coronavirus is causing high levels of infections.

Kentucky is seeing a record surge of COVID-related hospitalizations as the delta variant spreads. Many lawmakers chose not to wear masks as they opened the session.

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