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Senate President, Speaker weigh in as Supreme Court unanimously reverses Franklin Circuit Court’s injunction on HB 1, HJR 77, SB 1, and SB 2

 
Senate President, Speaker weigh in as Supreme Court unanimously reverses Franklin Circuit Court’s injunction on HB 1, HJR 77, SB 1, and SB 2

 

Frankfort, Kentucky (August 21, 2021) – House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers issued the following statement after today’s ruling in favor of the Kentucky General Assembly’s authority:
 
“After months of deliberation, the Supreme Court has confirmed what the General Assembly has asserted throughout this case – the legislature is the only body with the constitutional authority to enact laws. Let us be clear that today’s ruling in no way diminishes the seriousness of this virus or its impact on our Commonwealth, and the General Assembly will continue to work to maintain both the safety and rights of all Kentuckians. The General Assembly has made it clear on numerous occasions that its disagreements with Governor Beshear were founded in process. This fact is affirmed throughout today’s decision, in statements like ‘the Governor has no implied or inherent emergency powers beyond that given him by the legislature,’ and ‘the General Assembly establishes the public policy of the Commonwealth.’
 
“Despite his historic inability to recognize these facts, we continue to stand ready to work with the Governor, as we have for nearly a year and a half, and address what is a very real public health crisis.”
 
The Supreme Court held that the Franklin Circuit Court had abused its discretion and ordered it to dissolve its injunction. This decision, the permanent injunction of the Boone Circuit Court and the restraining order from the United States District Court make clear that the Governor has the power granted to him by law as written by the legislature. Schools and businesses should continue to follow HB 1 and implement operating plans that comply with its guidance.

 
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