The resolution would put an end to the state of emergency and any executive order or regulation that depends on the state of emergency.
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Andy Beshear’s executive order declaring a state of emergency following the COVID-19 pandemic has lasted nearly two years.
A Republican senator has enacted legislation aimed at bringing the state of emergency to an end along with all other decrees pending the state of emergency.
Senator Donald Douglas, R-Nicholasville, said Senate Joint Resolution 150 would mark an end to the state of emergency on March 7, 2022, a day after the two-year mark.
“It is time to end this state of emergency,” Douglas said in a press release. “This is what our people want. This is what our voters need. Dare I say; this is what they demand.”
The Republican senator said that since the start of the pandemic, overdose deaths have risen nearly 50 percent and reports of child abuse and neglect have fallen.
“The welfare of the Kentuckians has received some attention from the governor’s administration,” he said.
But the governor’s communications director, Crystal Staley, said the governor is focused on the pandemic, “not playing politics.”
“The emergency is helping Kentucky receive federal dollars to fight the pandemic and provide relief,” she said. “Kentucky is open to business – there are no government restrictions on our employers, and our schools have been and are open.”
Staley said this new legislation essentially repeals what the Senate had previously expanded itself. That extension is set to end on April 15th.
However, Douglas said, “enough is enough.”
“People are mentally and emotionally exhausted, and officials and bureaucrats have reached the limit of their effectiveness,” he said. “Given the wealth of knowledge we now have about COVID-19 and access to vaccinations and treatments, it is time that we trust that free people can live freely.”