Kentucky Supreme Court rules governor can re-organize state boards

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld Governor Matt Bevin’s reorganization of state boards and committees that oversee public education while the legislature is not in session.

Attorney General Andy Beshear sued over Bevin’s executive order in 2017, arguing that the governor overstepped his authority.

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Bevin’s attorney argued that previous governors made similar moves while in office.

After a Franklin Circuit judge largely ruled in Bevin’s favor, Beshear appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

In response to Thursday’s ruling, Bevin issued this statement:

“The Supreme Court’s decision reveals what a shameful waste of taxpayer resources the Attorney General’s three and a half years of politically motivated lawsuits have been.  The Court forcefully rejected every single one of Andy’s arguments, finding that he “ignored” the constitution and that his positions ‘contradict the plain and explicit text’ of Kentucky law.  After such a stinging defeat, the self-proclaimed ‘people’s lawyer’ should, for once, think about actually helping the people of Kentucky instead of suing them.”

Beshear responded, “In this case, we fought to protect the independence of our public schools.  With this ruling, the governor can dissolve and purge the members of the Board of Education any time he disagrees with their decisions.  That is a major concern given the governor’s attacks on public education.”

The two political rivals are facing off in November in the race for governor.