The Kentucky Supreme Court is keeping Gov. Andy Beshear’s coronavirus-related orders in effect while legal challenges against them continue.The order dropped Friday at 3:30 p.m., saying the governor does have the power to declare such orders during a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.It says, in part: “Given the need for a clear and consistent statewide public health policy and recognizing that the Kentucky legislature has expressly given the governor broad executive powers in a public health emergency, the court orders a stay of all orders of injunctive relief until such time as the various orders are properly before the court with a full record of any evidence and pleadings considered by the lower courts.”Click here to read the rulingJust last night, a Boone County judge said he would rule in favor of limiting Beshear’s powers. But this order says that lower court’s ruling and all others, like one in Scott County, are not effective since they have not been ruled upon by the the full Supreme Court. Therefore, all of Beshear’s current executive orders, including the mask mandate, remain in effect for now. Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who has been trying to keep the governor from issuing or enforcing orders, responded to the ruling via Twitter, saying:”As important issues are being considered in these cases, we respect the Supreme Court’s decision to maintain these orders until the court can undertake its proceedings. Our goal in joining these cases is that the law is followed and the rights of Kentuckians are protected. We look forward to having the Supreme Court take up these important issues in the coming days.” Beshear then said he’s not excited about he ruling, but relieved.“I’m relieved because I’ve sat up the last two nights not sleeping worried about how many people would die if we didn’t have any types of rules in place,” Beshear said in his 4 p.m. coronavirus briefing.On Friday, Kentucky reported its third-highest amount of daily positive cases: 531. The highest was 625 when 300 people were tested from Green River Correctional Complex.

The Kentucky Supreme Court is keeping Gov. Andy Beshear’s coronavirus-related orders in effect while legal challenges against them continue.

The order dropped Friday at 3:30 p.m., saying the governor does have the power to declare such orders during a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It says, in part:

“Given the need for a clear and consistent statewide public health policy and recognizing that the Kentucky legislature has expressly given the governor broad executive powers in a public health emergency, the court orders a stay of all orders of injunctive relief until such time as the various orders are properly before the court with a full record of any evidence and pleadings considered by the lower courts.”

Click here to read the ruling

Just last night, a Boone County judge said he would rule in favor of limiting Beshear’s powers.

But this order says that lower court’s ruling and all others, like one in Scott County, are not effective since they have not been ruled upon by the the full Supreme Court.

Therefore, all of Beshear’s current executive orders, including the mask mandate, remain in effect for now.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who has been trying to keep the governor from issuing or enforcing orders, responded to the ruling via Twitter, saying:

“As important issues are being considered in these cases, we respect the Supreme Court’s decision to maintain these orders until the court can undertake its proceedings. Our goal in joining these cases is that the law is followed and the rights of Kentuckians are protected. We look forward to having the Supreme Court take up these important issues in the coming days.”

Beshear then said he’s not excited about he ruling, but relieved.

“I’m relieved because I’ve sat up the last two nights not sleeping worried about how many people would die if we didn’t have any types of rules in place,” Beshear said in his 4 p.m. coronavirus briefing.

On Friday, Kentucky reported its third-highest amount of daily positive cases: 531. The highest was 625 when 300 people were tested from Green River Correctional Complex.

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