Kentucky Supreme Court sets date to hear oral arguments involving Gov. Beshear's COVID-19 orders

Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 14:15:37-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has set the date for when oral arguments will be heard involving the legality of Governor Andy Beshear's COVID-19 executive orders. Oral arguments in one case out of Boone County is scheduled to go before the court on September 17.

Last month, a Boone County Circuit Court judge granted a temporary restraining order against some of Gov. Beshear's COVID-19 executive orders. Days later, a Scott County Circuit Judge ordered the governor to cease issuing or enforcing executive orders related to COVID-19 unless the orders meet specific criteria for an emergency as outlined by state law. On July 17, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a stay in both cases until the Supreme Court can hear arguments.

Gov. Beshear has said he wants to stop the back and forth in lower courts and have the Kentucky Supreme Court decide his orders' legality.

The Supreme Court is now separating the Boone County and Scott County cases. The Scott County case can proceed; however, the courts stay of "all orders of injunctive relief" remains in effect in both cases.