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Kentucky Attorney General Calls Governor's School Mask Mandate 'Unlawful'

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is speaking out against Governor Beshear's statewide mask mandate for schools, calling it an 'unlawful exercise of power.'

Posted: Aug 11, 2021 2:53 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2021 10:43 AM

Kentucky's attorney general is speaking out against the statewide mask mandate for schools that was recently announced by Governor Andy Beshear.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday that the governor's new mask rule for schools throughout the state was an "unlawful exercise of power."

In his latest filing before the Kentucky Supreme Court, AG Cameron argues that the governor's Executive Order mandating masks in schools disregards laws passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 session and violates a Boone Circuit Court injunction.

“A Kentucky Circuit Court Judge issued a binding injunction against the Governor and said that he must follow the laws passed by the General Assembly," AG Cameron said in a statement Wednesday. "Yesterday, the Governor directly ignored the court and engaged in an unlawful exercise of power by issuing his executive order."

This isn't the first time Cameron has challenged the governor's COVID-19 orders. Beshear and Cameron have battled over the governor's orders before, though ultimately, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in the governor's favor.

Cameron says the latest matter remains before the Supreme Court and that the court will review arguments and determine what process the Governor must follow.

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