FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - In addition to a pair of pro-life measures, state lawmakers sent several other bills to Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk during a rare Saturday meeting of the General Assembly.
House Bill 1, the number indicating its priority to the Republican majority, would allow businesses, churches and other religious institutions, associations, and public and private schools to remain open in the case of a health pandemic as long as they establish an operating plan.
Changes made on Saturday would require those organizations to follow guidance from the CDC or the Executive Branch of government, whichever was the least restrictive.
Republican lawmakers said the measures will counter Gov. Andy Beshear's overreach in fighting the pandemic. The number of positive coronavirus cases since it started reached 300,000 on Saturday with nearly 20,000 in the last four days.
“This is not the time to hamper our ability to fight a deadly virus,” Beshear said in a social media message Saturday.
Other HB 1 provisions include:
--Requiring the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to develop regulations and guidelines authorizing and regulating visitation by family members or legal guardians who are designated as being important to the mental, physical or social well-being of residents in residential long-term care facilities
--Interest and penalties on unpaid employer contributions to unemployment insurance will not be considered due and owing and shall not be collected by the Labor Cabinet through December 31, 2021.