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Attorney General Beshear Sends Letter To Governor To Rescind Subpoenas

Posted at 10:14 AM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 17:19:14-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– Attorney General Andy Beshear called on Governor Matt Bevin to rescind the subpoenas sent to multiple school boards regarding teacher absences.

So far, Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, Madison and Fayette counties have all been subpoenaed by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet regarding absences during protests at the state Capitol under the premise that teachers do not have to right to organize a strike.

The Attorney General called the subpoenas bullying and told the media that the Labor Cabinet has ten days to take action.

Beshear writes in his letter, sent Tuesday, that the “sickouts” do not violate labor law, that any attempt to fine a member of a “sickout” would violate their First Amendment rights. Beshear adds that the Bevin administration’s actions may constitute “intimidation, threats or coercion” in violation of state law.

“The governor and his administration are directly threatening teachers in an attempt to keep them from exercising their constitutional rights,” said Beshear. “These ‘sickout’ subpoenas represent another abuse of power by the governor and they must be rescinded.”