Kentucky Supreme Court hears arguments on Gov. Beshear’s COVID-19 orders


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – Kentucky’s top court is hearing arguments about Governor Andy Beshear’s COVID-19 related mandates and restrictions.

It comes after the Kentucky General Assembly passed several laws to reign in the governor’s emergency powers, then the governor filed a lawsuit.

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There were two separate hearings before the justices. One Thursday morning from attorneys representing businesses impact, and a second hearing dealing with arguments from the state attorney general. But it all deals with mandates, restrictions, and rules we have all had to deal with since March of last year.

An attorney for Governor Beshear told the court that the highest court has already agreed with the governor’s actions in upholding several mandates last fall, but an attorney representing businesses says the mandates violate the Constitution and denies citizens’ due process.

The question— is all of this a moot point anyway, or does the Supreme Court’s decision matter because most of the mandates and restrictions are set to expire on Friday? A Lexington business owner says, yes, it definitely matters.

The second hearing dealt with a case from Attorney General Daniel Cameron against the governor. The attorney representing Cameron told the judges that Chapter 39A gave the legislature the power to grant the governor emergency powers. This year, lawmakers voted to take it away. The governor says that violated the Constitution, but he said it doesn’t.

No decisions are expected to be made by the court Thursday on either hearing.

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