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Governor Beshear Calls Special Legislative Session on COVID-19 Response

A special session has been called to get the Governor and the legislature to work together and address the COVID-19 crisis in Kentucky.

Posted: Sep 6, 2021 6:14 PM
Updated: Sep 7, 2021 8:28 AM

Kentucky lawmakers are packing their bags for what will likely be a week-long stay in Frankfort.

This comes after the power to make coronavirus-related policies shifted from Governor Andy Beshear to the legislature.

In August, the Kentucky Supreme Court limited Governor Beshear’s emergency power to set statewide COVID-19 policies.

Now, that burden falls on the General Assembly.

A special session has been called to get the Governor and the legislature to work together and address the COVID-19 crisis in Kentucky.

44News spoke with Republican State Senator Robby Mills ahead of the trip to the Capitol. Mills told 44News, “You're going to see a contrast between a big government, state down, to more of a local bubble up approach that we think is more effective.”

The Governor is hoping to extend the current state of emergency until January, when the General Assembly meets again.

He also plans to discuss mask mandates, protocols in schools, vaccine distribution, funding, and more.

“I think you're going to see some regional approaches to that in health care, some new approaches to schools. You are also going to see us doing some antibody treatments that you see in other states,” says Senator Mills.

Senator Mills says lawmakers have already started working on a plan with what they believe should be done.

“I can tell you, straightforward, that you will not see the Kentucky legislature voting for any mask mandates of any kind. Local control on any kind of mask mandates, I think, fiscal courts and city commissions ought to be the ones deciding that and not a governor of a large, expansive state,” says Senator Mills.

Governor Beshear says the delta variant is spreading at a rate never seen before in Kentucky and he hopes the special session will amount to a consensus on topics that will fight the surge.

“I think you'll find that we have a lot of common ground in those areas and we will be extending some of those executive orders. But the more polarizing executive orders, you're going to see us differing on that,” Senator Mills says.

As several of Governor Beshear’s executive orders are set to expire on September 10th, the special session begins at the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, Tuesday morning.

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