Attorney General Cameron Asks Circuit Court to Examine Gov. Beshear’s Executive Order

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Does Governor Andy Beshear’s most recent executive order requiring face coverings comply with state law? That’s what Attorney General Daniel Cameron wants to know.

On Friday, Cameron said his office filed a motion in Scott County Circuit Court asking the judge to consider whether Beshear’s most recent executive order complies with a current temporary restraining order stopping enforcement of COVID-19 executive orders that are not in compliance with state law.

“Had the governor consulted with our office and the leadership of the General Assembly on his order prior to its issuance, this step would have been unnecessary,” Cameron said. “The governor has refused input on his executive orders, despite offers of assistance.  This pattern has led to numerous challenges in court, all of which he has lost.” Cameron said the issue isn’t whether or not it is appropriate to wear a mask.

“It is my belief that masks are an important tool in fighting this pandemic,” he said. “It is, however, about determining if the Governor’s executive order mandating mask use follows state law.  As the chief law officer for the Commonwealth, it is my duty to raise this question before the court and ensure that the law is followed.” The governor asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 44-page document to stop the Scott Circuit Court order on Friday.

Beshear’s executive order on wearing masks went into effect last Friday at 5 p.m.