Can Kentucky’s governor ignore the law?

Source: The Hill
by Oliver Dunford

“On June 10, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a pair of cases addressing whether Gov. Andy Beshear can ignore the laws of the commonwealth. These cases will be watched by other states considering reforms to emergency powers. In litigation last year, Gov. Beshear correctly argued that Kentucky’s emergency-powers laws ‘define[d] the Governor’s executive authority during times of an emergency.’ Now, however, he claims that Kentucky’s legislature, by amending those same laws, has ‘usurped’ his executive powers. His claim of unfettered executive power rests on the unfounded premise that emergencies excuse his obligations under the Kentucky Constitution’s strict separation of powers, according to which the governor must execute the laws enacted by the legislature — even during emergencies.” (06/07/21)