Commonwealth Policy Center

The Kentucky General Assembly acted quickly to curb the emergency powers of Gov. Andy Beshear who in turn immediately sued to block three of these laws after the legislature overrode his vetoes. The Franklin Circuit Court has temporarily blocked parts of the bill from taking effect. The legislature allowed businesses and schools to remain open during the pandemic if they meet or exceed CDC guidelines. It was a move Kentuckians have been demanding of their legislators. But Beshear is claiming victory and says his COVID-19 restrictions are “difficult but necessary.” Beshear has disregarded input from our legislature on how to handle the economy and public safety. But the legislature is reminding him that we don’t live in a dictatorship but a constitutional republic where the people and their representatives have a voice.