Special Session to Tackle Divisive Mask Issue

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September 7, 2021

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Gov. Andy Beshear is expected to call the Kentucky General Assembly into session as early as today. That’s because the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that he needs to abide by the state legislature’s laws that limit his emergency authority. Earlier this year, the legislature passed SB 1, HB 1, and HJR 77, which limits the governors emergency powers. There are areas legislative leaders and Gov. Beshear find agreement, including cracking down on price gouging, emergency pharmacy refills, and emergency licensure for out-of-state health care workers. There’s strong disagreement on a statewide mask policy. Republicans want to leave it to local governments and school boards. Gov. Beshear is insisting upon a top-down masking policy he wishes to impose on the entire state. Since Republicans have super-majorities in both houses, they’re in the driver’s seat on this.

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