GOP-Led Legislative Approves COVID-19 Measures

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky are asserting their role in setting COVID-19 policies. The Kentucky House voted Thursday to block the governor from temporarily closing schools and businesses that comply with federal guidelines. The vote sends the bill to the Senate. Later in the day, the Senate passed a bill to limit the governor’s executive orders in times of emergency to 30 days unless extended by lawmakers. That bill heads to the House. Both chambers are led by Republicans. Those bills and others reflect mounting GOP frustration with Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s use of his executive authority amid the health crisis.