Kentucky Supreme Court to hear arguments on governor’s coronavirus executive orders

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday morning on Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders during the pandemic.

The court first stepped in back in July to put a hold on lower court decisions that would have struck down Gov. Beshear’s orders. Gov. Beshear’s orders, including the mask mandate and capacity limits for businesses, have remained in effect awaiting a decision from Kentucky’s highest court.

Attorneys for the governor will argue he has the constitutional authority to enact executive orders during a public health emergency.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined in the case against the governor’s orders and will argue the governor has overstepped his authority.

The decision could mean “life or death,” Gov. Beshear said at his coronavirus briefing Wednesday.

“I don’t get it. If they win, we still lose,” Gov. Beshear said. “We will do worse in our fight against COVID. It will spread more, more people will pass away. People that we all love and care about.”

Attorney General Daniel Cameron responded to the Governor’s comments Wednesday evening in a statement:

“The Governor’s rhetoric is irresponsible. Our Constitution leaves ample room for the Governor to do what is in the best interests of Kentuckians with respect to COVID-19 without violating their Constitutional rights by enforcing arbitrary and overly broad executive orders. This includes working with the General Assembly to enact laws that appropriately respond to the current health crisis, which he has refused to do.”

The hearing will begin Thursday at 10 a.m.

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