GOP lawmakers repudiate statewide school mask mandate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have repudiated a statewide school mask mandate. Their action came Tuesday as the Democratic governor warns the delta variant is fueling Kentucky’s worst COVID-19 outbreak. A GOP-led legislative panel found the school mask regulation to be deficient. The regulation was approved by the state school board. The panel’s action signaled the “intent of the legislature” but didn’t dismantle the regulation. That meant the regulation went to Gov. Andy Beshear for review. He responded quickly Tuesday. He determined the regulation is in effect. Beshear is warning that children are at greater risk from the delta variant.