Masks a divisive issue as special session looms in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — With Kentucky Republicans in charge of deciding how the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, a prominent lawmaker is hinting at one policy direction. Senate President Pro Tem David Givens says the legislature sees decisions about masking as best left to local officials. Givens offered that approach Monday on Kentucky Educational Television. It comes as lawmakers consider options to be considered in an anticipated special legislative session. And it puts them in conflict with Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, who holds authority for calling such a session. Beshear sees universal masking in schools as a “must” to combat the COVID surge.