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GOP lawmakers override vetoes of COVID-19, jobless measures

Karyn Czar

Republican lawmakers overrode two of Democrat Governor Andy Beshear's vetoes on Monday. WUKY’s Karyn Czar reports from Frankfort.

The bills are SJR 150 which ends the COVID-19 state of emergency in the Commonwealth and HB 4 which makes changes to unemployment benefits. Those who oppose HB 4 say while there are positives to the bill, some cuts to unemployment benefits will hurt Kentuckians who lost their jobs through no fault of their own at a time when they need help the most.

Lawmakers also voted across party lines to end Kentucky’s emergency declaration for COVID-19 which was set to end next month. Governor Andy Beshear vetoed SJR 150 because he said at least 500 thousand Kentuckians would lose additional SNAP benefits.

Karyn Czar joined the WUKY News team July 1, 2013, but she's no stranger to radio.