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GOP lawmakers override vetoes of COVID-19, jobless measures

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Karyn Czar
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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.