Ky. General Assembly returns Tuesday for second half of 2021 session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – Kentucky lawmakers returned to the Capitol Tuesday for the second half of the 2021 session of the General Assembly.

Late this afternoon, both the Senate and House overrode Governor Beshear’s vetoes on legislation that would limit his executive power.

The bills are now set to become law, but the governor is suing to keep bills meant to limit his executive power from going into effect, he announced Tuesday evening.

Those bills in particular are House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1.

The House voted to override HB1, which provides guidelines for businesses and schools to stay open despite a state of emergency, as long as certain guidelines are followed.

Lawmakers spoke against the override, saying the order has saved lives.

Meanwhile in the Senate, we heard from lawmakers on both sides who explained either their yes or no votes to override the bill.

“There is a disagreement with the executive branch over actions, to take these steps I think would be very very dangerous and I would urge members to sustain the veto. Thank you,” Rep. Joni Jenkins (D) said.

“I think that is an important distinction. People often think that we are all going to follow CDC guidelines. It’s a choice. You can be least restrictive or more restrictive. If you’re a business school or government entity,” Rep. Ralph Alvarado (R) said.

The Senate also voted to override SB1, which limits the effective date of emergency orders to 30 days unless lawmakers approve.

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