Special legislative session begins today

A special session of the Kentucky Legislature begins today, as legislators tackle issues dealing with the rise of COVID-19 cases, including in schools.

The session will begin Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol in Frankfort.

Beshear is asking the legislature to address multiple issues.

  • Extend Kentucky’s state of emergency over COVID-19, which otherwise is set to expire Friday, to Jan. 15, when the legislature will be back for its normal annual lawmaking session
  • Review previously issued executive orders and agency and cabinet orders
  • Determine the governor’s ability to require masking in certain situations
  • Appropriate funds Kentucky received from the federal American Rescue Plan to “further the fight” against the coronavirus
  • Provide schools with flexibility

The Legislative Research Commission estimates a special session would cost about $68,000 per day. The legislature can’t add subjects to the session’s agenda.

Beshear indicated Saturday he expects lawmakers probably will be able to wrap up their work within five days, although they could go for a day or two longer if needed.

 

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