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Kentucky Supreme Court hears arguments on Gov. Beshear’s COVID-19 orders

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:31 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky’s top court is hearing arguments about Governor Andy Beshear’s COVID-19 related mandates and restrictions.

It comes following the passage of several laws to reign in the governor’s emergency powers by the General Assembly, which led to Governor Beshear filing a lawsuit.

The question is whether this is all a moot point or if the Supreme Court’s decision will matter, considering the restrictions are set to expire on Friday.

There were two separate hearings, one dealing with business owners impacted by the mandates and a second involving a lawsuit from Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

The attorney representing Cameron told the judges that Chapter 39A gave the legislature the power to grant the governor emergency powers. This year, lawmakers voted to take it away. The governor says that violated the Constitution, but the attorney said it doesn’t.

An attorney for Governor Beshear told the court that the highest court has already agreed with the governor’s actions in upholding several mandates last fall, but an attorney representing businesses says the mandates violate the Constitution and denies citizens’ due process.

No decisions are expected to be made by the court in either hearing Thursday.

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