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Beshear signs executive order to promote integrated employment for people with disabilities

Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an executive order that strengthens Kentucky’s commitment to increase meaningful employment of people with disabilities in the general workforce and support them and their families through the Employment First Council. The executive order assures that competitive and integrated employment in the community is the first and primary option for people with disabilities who...

Federal judges rule in favor of churches, halt ban on in-person church services in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two federal judges in separate cases issued orders Friday evening halting a ban on in-person church services contained in an executive order issued by Gov. Andy Beshear due to the coronavirus pandemic. At U. S. District Court in Frankfort, Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove issued a temporary restraining order sought by Tabernacle Baptist Church of Nicholasville. The church had...

Kentucky police chiefs applaud Beshear’s executive order on rehiring retired law enforcement

Retired law enforcement officers are permitted to be rehired and help communities deal with COVID-19 without risking the loss of curtailing retirement benefits under an executive order signed by Gov. Andy Beshear. The order, signed March 31, applies to retired police chiefs and other first responders including police officers, firefighters and other emergency medical service personnel. Kentucky law...

Ronald Vissing: Let’s get politics out of our school system — taxpayers and students deserve better

After all the teeth gnashing and howling at the moon due to Gov. Matt Bevin legally replacing several Kentucky Board of Education members over a two-year period and accusations of politicizing the board’s educational oversight authority, it took newly elected Gov. Andy Beshear exactly 13 hours and 23 minutes to accomplish the same thing. Amazingly, Gov. Bevin took the legal route and replaced board...

Gov. Beshear issues Executive Order to reorganize Board of Education; ten ousted members file suit

First thing Tuesday morning at 1:20 a.m., the Kentucky Secretary of State received and signed the first Executive Orders of the new Beshear administration. One was the appointment of Colonel Haldane Lamberton as Adjutant General. And the second, more controversial but in keeping with his campaign promise, was the reorganization of Kentucky’s Board of Education. Beshear announced that he had wielded...

Attorney General to challenge Bevin’s ‘absolute authority’ over recent revamping of education boards

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that he is demanding Gov. Matt Bevin rescind a June 2 executive order dissolving and reorganizing numerous state education boards. Failure to do so, Beshear said, would result in legal action by the AG’s office challenging last week’s unlawful and unconstitutional move by the governor, which mirrors conduct taken by the governor against the boards...