FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — As of Tuesday afternoon, the state of Kentucky is no longer in a COVID state of emergency.
Senator Donald Douglas shared the moment on Twitter.
— Donald Douglas (@DonaldDouglasKY) March 22, 2022
The Kentucky State Senate and House voted to override Governor Andy Beshear's veto of Senate Joint Resolution 150, which declares an end to the COVID-19 State of Emergency on March 21.
The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 25-8, with all Senate Democrats voting against the override. The bill now heads back to the House.
Governor Andy Beshear vetoed SJR 150 last week, calling it a "cruel bill." The governor said the bill would cut off extra benefits, like SNAP, for about 500,000 Kentuckians.
"I believe that given we have zero statewide restrictions--and we haven't for six months--all this resolution does is hurt these folks by cutting off this extra food aid, while doing absolutely nothing else," the governor said in a video address last week.
Senate President Robert Stivers has disputed Governor Beshear's characterization of the bill. Stivers said SJR 150 states that the General Assembly has no intent "to impair or delay the ability of the Commonwealth to receive any federal stimulus or pandemic-related funds or services."