Republican lawmakers flex muscle in setting COVID policies
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have started asserting their role in setting COVID-19 policies. The Kentucky House voted Thursday to block the governor from temporarily closing schools and businesses that comply with federal guidelines. The vote sends the bill to the Senate. Both chambers are led by Republicans. The measure seeks to guarantee that Kentucky businesses and schools stay open amid the pandemic if they meet federal virus-related guidelines. The bill and similar others reflect mounting GOP frustration with Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s use of his executive authority amid the health crisis.