Gov. Beshear Signs Bipartisan Bills On Early Voting, Funding School Construction, Broadband

Apr 7, 2021

Gov. Andy Beshear has signed legislation to increase early voting in Kentucky. It caps a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in the heart of Trump country at a time of national conflict over restrictive election measures.

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The Democratic governor calls it “a good day for democracy.” He was joined at Wednesday's signing ceremony by the bill's GOP sponsors and the Republican secretary of state. The measure gives Kentucky voters three days of no-excuse, early in-person voting before Election Day. Counties can establish voting centers where any registered voter in each county can cast their ballot, regardless of their precinct. 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has signed bills directing more than $1 billion in federal pandemic relief money for several big-ticket priorities. Those items include broadband expansion, school construction and water and sewer projects. Beshear said Wednesday the federal aid offers a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for long-term investments to attract businesses, create jobs and improve quality of life for many Kentuckians. State government in Kentucky is expected to eventually receive about $2.4 billion in federal aid. Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says the investments create “an economic dynamic for future expansion." The spending measures passed shortly before this year's legislative session ended.