Lawmakers advance bills to limit governor’s COVID response


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have advanced bills to limit the governor’s emergency powers and to keep businesses open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The measures are on the fast track in the opening days of the 2021 session.

A House committee on Wednesday advanced the bill allowing businesses and schools to stay open if they comply with federal virus-related guidelines. The measure is a priority of House Republicans.

A Senate committee later approved a bill to limit the governor’s executive orders in times of emergency to 30 days unless extended by lawmakers.

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(This story was originally published on January 6, 2021)

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