August 29, 2020 | By Dustin Vogt | Fox19 |
“Ky. AG Daniel Cameron, Gov. Beshear file Supreme Court briefs in COVID-19 executive order case”
“Cameron says filing in support of Kentucky businesses and families”
“FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) – Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a brief in the Kentucky Supreme Court against Governor Beshear, claiming his executive orders put in place due to COVID-19 are unconstitutional.
The move comes a month after a ruling on July 20 where a Boone County Circuit Court Judge found the Governor’s executive orders unconstitutional.
While the ruling was made, the Supreme Court later blocked temporary injunctions issued by the court in Boone County, as well as in Scott County, that would have blocked certain executive orders issued by Beshear.
Cameron’s office released a statement saying that the Governor has “created a new legal code” by issuing more than 150 executive orders and guidance documents in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since the Governor issued an emergency declaration in March, he has unilaterally made the law in Kentucky without input from the General Assembly, the Commonwealth’s law-making body,” Attorney General Cameron said. “These laws have drastically changed how Kentuckians can live their lives, raise their families, operate their businesses, and make a living. The Governor simply does not have the authority to act as a one-man legislature, even during a pandemic.”
The newly filed brief argues that the actions by Governor Beshear are unconstitutional and violates the Kentucky Constitution, saying the orders exercise “absolute and arbitrary government power.”
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