Governor’s emergency powers draw scrutiny in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican state treasurer has urged lawmakers to put limits on the Democratic governor’s ability to take executive action in an emergency. Treasurer Allison Ball’s recommendation comes at a time when the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the COVID-19 outbreak continue to surge in the Bluegrass State. Ball offered a report Thursday criticizing Gov. Andy Beshear’s use of taxpayer funds to enforce his restrictions on public gatherings such as religious services soon after the coronavirus pandemic began. Beshear spokeswoman Crystal Staley accused the treasurer of “playing politics” in the midst of the health crisis.

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