The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled on Saturday on multiple bills that limit Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s powers related to COVID-19.
In a statement to The Hill, Crystal Staley, spokeswoman for Beshear said that “the court’s order will dissolve Kentucky’s entire state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. It either eliminates or puts at risk large amounts of funding, steps we have taken to increase our health care capacity, expanded meals for children and families, measures to fight COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, worker’s compensation for front-line workers who contract COVID-19 as well as the ability to fight price gouging.”
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said, “We hope the Governor will now consult with our General Assembly and find consensus on what is needed to protect Kentuckians.”
My statement regarding today’s opinion from the Kentucky Supreme Court: pic.twitter.com/8TSEaysLzT
— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) August 21, 2021
Cameron said regarding school mask mandates prior to the ruling, “The Governor does not have to choose between following the science and following the law. The two can and should work together.
“If he believes that the science requires a statewide mask mandate for schools and childcare centers, then he needs to do what the law requires and work with the General Assembly to put the necessary health precautions in place.”
The heated battle in the Bluegrass State will now allow the state’s Assembly input regarding school mask wearing and related COVID-19 issues in the state.
The contrast in the leadership of the red state with a Democratic governor has led to a variety of conflicts in response to the pandemic. The latest court ruling reveals the governor will now be more limited in his ability to move forward on executive orders without the agreement of the state’s leaders.