LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s authority during the coronavirus pandemic was in question at the Supreme Court Thursday. The root of the hearing was whether Beshear has authority under the constitution and state statutes to protect Kentuckians during a global pandemic.
Beshear’s office wants the court to uphold his orders and his constitutional abilities. It argued emergency orders should be upheld because they’re rationally-based. Attorney La Tasha Buckner said the constitution gives the governor responsibilities and stated he’s doing the same thing other governors are doing to prevent the spread and deaths from COVID-19.
“197,000 [deaths in the US] this is just in the first six months,” said Buckner. “What we’re living through is a one in every 100-year health pandemic.”
Notable arguments in court came from the Florence Speedway and Little Links learning. Attorneys stated there was irreparable harm to the businesses because of Beshear’s alleged unlawful executive orders. It wants to stop Beshear from placing orders limiting the number of children in a room and lift his current restrictions.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office argued Beshear does not have the authority to set rules all Kentuckians must live by.
In July, the Boone County Circuit Court halted Beshear’s COVID-19 orders, but it was later overturned. All parties against Beshear want to stop his ability to implement orders and reinstate Boone’s temporary injunction.
If the Supreme Court makes changes now, Beshear would not have the ability to make a decision if another emergency hits.