Beshear seeking consensus before calling special session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says he wants to convene a special legislative session to deal with COVID-19 issues once top lawmakers reach a “general consensus” on what can be achieved. Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday a special session needs to happen soon, in part to maintain the state of emergency he declared early in the pandemic. Beshear says some of the most pressing issues involve school closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The Democratic governor has the authority to call lawmakers into a special session and to set the agenda. Beshear has had discussions with leaders of the Republican-led legislature.