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Impeachment Committee to consider petition against Gov. Beshear holds first meeting

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jan 13, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear has until Friday, January 22 to respond to the impeachment petition filed against him after the committee formed to consider the petition met for the first time Wednesday.

The Impeachment Committee consists of four House Republicans and three House Democrats. In a party-line vote Wednesday, rules for the committee were approved.

"The committee members will not be discussing the substance of the petition and anything that is mentioned in executive session," said Committee Chair, Representative Jason Nemes.

Committee members are taking their roles seriously, said Democratic Rep. Angie Hatton.

"We are a part of Kentucky history as it's being made," she said. "I don't want to be the one that does that wrong."

The petition being considered was filed by four Kentuckians who claim the governor acted unconstitutionally in his COVID-19 orders.

Gov. Beshear has said he believes the petition is baseless because the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled his executive orders are lawful.

The governor has until Jan. 22 to respond to the petition in writing and the petitioners will have until Jan. 26 to reply. The next committee meeting will be Jan. 27.

The committee will also consider an impeachment petition filed Wednesday against Republican Rep. Robert Goforth and any future petitions, House Speaker David Osborne said.

Goforth has been accused of assaulting his wife.

In response to the filing of the petition, Rep. Goforth told LEX 18 he was re-elected in November by a wide margin.

"That's all I know," he said. "I'm here doing my job as the state representative for my district and I'll continue to do so for the term that I was re-elected."