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Kentucky legislative panel recommends no further action in impeachment petitions

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 11:25 PM EST
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Updated - 02/24/2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WYMT) - Members of the impeachment committee spoke Wednesday about what led to the decision not to move forward with impeachment petitions filed against Governor Andy Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

The question before the bipartisan committee was if there was enough evidence to overturn an election.

“It does not ask us if we agree on decisions that have been made,” said Representative Jason Nemes, a Louisville Republican.

Multiple petitions were filed against the Governor—many dealing with his decisions to close businesses, limit travel or keep people from attending church during the pandemic.

“We also know that most Governors in the country have done similar things as Governor Beshear. That doesn’t make it right at all,” Nemes added. “But it shows that Governor Beshear’s actions weren’t so far out the mainstream that he needs to be impeached for those.”The petition against Attorney General Daniel Cameron took issue with his handling of the Breonna Taylor investigation but another claimed he played a role in the riot at the January 6th US capitol riot.”

The petition against Attorney General Daniel Cameron took issue with his handling of the Breonna Taylor investigation but another claimed he played a role in the riot at the January 6th US capitol riot, something Nemes referred to as “utter nonsense”.

The Committee is scheduled to meet again next week to consider the cost of proceedings, with petitioners being required to pay any legal costs incurred since last month since the committee will not move forward with the impeachment.

That cost is expected to be in the thousands of dollars.

“We had a very difficult task,’ Said Representative Angie Hatton, a Whitesburg Democrat. “We had many hours, I think someone said 17 hours in our deliberations.”

The committee could always be asked to consider other impeachment petitions, but the chair says the best way to deal with complaints such as these is through legislation and the ballot box.

Original Story - 02/23/2021

A Kentucky legislative panel has recommended that no further action be taken on impeachment petitions filed by citizens against the governor and the attorney general.

The bipartisan committee’s decisions came after a long meeting behind closed doors Tuesday night.

Rep. Jason Nemes says the panel’s reports and recommendations that no further action be taken against Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron will be submitted to the GOP-led House.

The House Impeachment Committee held a series of meetings, mostly behind closed doors, to review the citizen’s petitions.

The panel consists of four Republicans and three Democrats.

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