Judge grants temporary injunction in Beshear’s lawsuit over laws limiting governor’s powers

Gov. Andy Beshear (D-Ky.)
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Updated: Mar. 3, 2021 at 5:48 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A judge has granted a temporary injunction in the lawsuit filed by Gov. Andy Beshear over laws regarding his executive powers.

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The governor filed the lawsuit last month after the legislature overrode his vetoes on three bills.

House Bill 1 would allow schools and businesses to stay open as long as they’re following health guidelines. Senate Bills 1 and 2 seek to limit the governor’s emergency orders and regulations to 30 days unless the legislature extends them.

The decision by the judge puts a temporary injunction in place against HB 1, SB 1 and SB 2. The judge said these all raise serious questions over the separation of powers.

The governor’s office released this statement from Beshear after the judge’s decision:

“We appreciate the order. The ability to act and react quickly is necessary in our war against this ever-changing and mutating virus. Recently, we have been having productive conversations on a wide range of topics with legislative leaders. We will attempt to work with them on this and other topics now and in the future.”

A date for when more arguments will be heard in this case has not yet been set. State lawmakers and Attorney General Daniel Cameron are expected to appeal.

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