Gov. Beshear’s Statement on Order that Stops Lawmakers’ Attack on Kentucky’s Successful Pandemic Response

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2021) – Tonight, Gov. Andy Beshear issued the following statement in response to Franklin Circuit Court quickly issuing a restraining order that will keep in place the necessary measures the Governor has taken to stop COVID-19.

“I have taken difficult but necessary steps to stop the spread of COVID and save lives in Kentucky. Today, the Franklin Circuit Court’s order stated that House Bill 1 would ‘create chaos and undermine any effective enforcement of public health standards to prevent the spread of this deadly disease during this pandemic.’ I don’t use emergency powers because I want to. I use them because it is my duty to preserve the lives of Kentuckians.”

The Governor issued a release Tuesday when he filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court to stop the reckless legislation.