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In unanimous decision, Kentucky Supreme Court rules Beshear’s COVID-19 executive orders are legal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In a unanimous decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to issue executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic, reversing a lower court ruling. A lawsuit was filed in June at Boone Circuit Court by three northern Kentucky businesses: Florence Speedway, Bean’s Café and Bakery and Little Links to Learning, a daycare center....

State Treasurer Allison Ball critical of Gov. Andy Beshear; lawmakers foreshadow more to come

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Treasurer Allison Ball took Gov. Andy Beshear to task over what she said was an unconstitutional executive order during the pandemic and other Republican lawmakers hinted that there could be legislative action in the next session. Ball said Beshear ordering churches not to hold in-person services during the spring was unconstitutional and infringed upon the free exercise...

Boone Circuit judge issues temporary restraining order to keep Beshear administration from enforcing some executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Northern Kentucky judge has issued a temporary restraining order to keep the Beshear administration from enforcing some of their executive orders issued to control the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, a hearing was held on a lawsuit filed in Boone Circuit Court by Florence Speedway (a half-mile dirt track, not to be confused with Kentucky Speedway in Sparta), and Little...

Quarles challenges Beshear’s executive orders, claims violations of process in state constitution

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles filed a lawsuit Monday in the Scott Circuit Court in Georgetown to declare several of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders to be violations of the processes outlined by Kentucky’s Administrative Practices Act and the state constitution. Quarles filed the case alongside Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, which joined him as a co-plaintiff in the case. “The...

Bevin issues executive orders pertaining to marriage licenses, other campaign issues

Gov. Matt Bevin issued five executive orders pertaining to marriage licenses, minimum wage, hiring practices within the state government, the restoration of rights to felons and a superfluous state board on Tuesday, his 15th day in office. Gov. Matt Bevin “Today, I took action to uphold several commitments I made during my campaign so that we can implement real solutions that will help the people...