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Judge blocks follow-up attempt to limit Beshear COVID orders

HJR 77 specifies which of Beshear’s pandemic-related orders would remain in place if the GOP-led legislature wins its legal fight with the governor.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked another attempt by Republican lawmakers to restrict Gov. Andy Beshear’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. 

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd extended a temporary injunction Wednesday. It applies to a measure passed over the governor’s veto. The measure specifies which of Beshear’s pandemic-related orders would remain in place should the GOP-led legislature win its legal fight with the governor.

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The measure is House Joint Resolution 77. It was passed in response to Shepherd’s previous order temporarily blocking Republican-backed laws that threatened to invalidate Beshear’s COVID-related orders.

    

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