AG: Judge signals intention to block governor’s virus order

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Andy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney General

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky judge signaled that he intends to sign an order blocking all of Gov. Andy Beshear’s emergency orders stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, the state’s attorney general said Friday.

Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron said a judge in Boone County indicated he would require the Democratic governor to “follow the legal process” when taking executive actions.

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Cameron said in a social media post that the ruling would not “hamper the ability of public health officials to ensure the safety and well-being of Kentuckians.”

Beshear’s office acknowledged Friday that it was anticipating a court order that would “void all of the orders the governor has issued to keep us safe.”

“We are awaiting a written order and will be ready to take further action,” said Crystal Staley, the governor’s spokeswoman. “The lives of many Kentuckians are on the line.”

The judge held a lengthy hearing Thursday on Cameron’s request that the judge block all of Beshear’s coronavirus-related orders. Cameron also is seeking an order preventing the governor from issuing any new COVID-19 orders.