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ETHICS COMMISSION-LAWSUIT

Bill Stephens

May 6th, 2022

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Beshear sues over law changing ethics commission selections

Kentucky’s Democratic governor has filed a lawsuit seeking to block a new state law that gives Republican officials the power to appoint most members to an ethics commission. Gov. Andy Beshear’s suit was filed Thursday. It warns that the reconstituted membership on the Executive Branch Ethics Commission could launch politically based investigations. The suit claims the measure violates Kentucky’s constitution. It’s the latest in a series of legal fights over Republican-backed laws that would weaken the Democratic governor’s executive authority. Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron says the new ethics commission law is a good-government measure.

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