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New GOP-Backed Executive Order Limit Temporarily Halted, Others Still Intact

Josh James

A Republican-led effort to constrain the governor's emergency executive powers regarding school and business closures has been put on hold while a court determines whether it passes legal muster.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd sided with Gov. Andy Beshear in his request to temporarily halt House Bill 1, a measure tying school and business closures to CDC guidelines. In the Wednesday decision, Shepherd warned the bill could create chaos and undermine enforcement of public health standards.

But the ruling left two other pieces of legislation reining in the governor's authority intact, for now. Beshear is challenging a trio of bills, which he argues will hinder the state's efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement, the governor applauded the HB 1 ruling, adding that he doesn't use emergency powers because he wants to but because it is his "duty to preserve the lives of Kentuckians.” 

Lawmakers have argued Beshear has left the legislative branch out of the process when crafting his virus-related orders.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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