Louisville’s CBS News affiliate reports:
The Kentucky governor’s efforts to aggressively combat COVID-19 suffered a landmark legal defeat Saturday as the state’s high court cleared the way for new laws to rein in his emergency powers.
The state Supreme Court ordered a lower court to dissolve an injunction that temporarily blocked the Republican-backed laws strictly limiting Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s emergency powers.
The ruling revolved around a constitutional showdown between Beshear and the GOP-led legislature over the scope of the governor’s executive authority in emergencies. It comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are surging because of the highly contagious delta variant.
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Today’s Kentucky Supreme Court ruling was the last thing our state needed as our COVID case numbers continue to climb. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/TNDRXsmYJw
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) August 22, 2021
In today’s ruling, the Kentucky Supreme Court said the General Assembly sets the public policy of the Commonwealth. Our constitutional order does not take a break during a pandemic. pic.twitter.com/IQlxx3ivgz
— Commissioner Ryan Quarles (@KYAgCommish) August 21, 2021
— Lexington Herald-Leader (@heraldleader) August 21, 2021