Brewpubs and restaurants sue Gov. Beshear for unlawful COVID orders
March 08, 2021
Lexington, Kentucky; March 8, 2021: A group of brewpubs and restaurants filed a lawsuit today challenging Gov. Beshear’s continued use of executive orders that significantly affect their businesses. Although the Kentucky legislature overrode a veto from the governor to rein in his ongoing authority, the governor continues to require Kentuckians to comply with his executive orders that have expired under the newly enacted laws.
While the governor and legislature fight in court over that legislation, businesses like Goodwood Brewery have faced confusion and uncertainty as regulations have shifted multiple times.
“While the governor does have the authority to respond to emergencies, that power isn’t unlimited and can’t be used forever,” said Oliver Dunford, an attorney a Pacific Legal Foundation. “The legislature has the constitutional obligation to weigh in on the Commonwealth’s emergency powers and ensure they are not used to arbitrarily restrict individuals and businesses. Even during times of crisis, the government must adhere to the separation of powers to protect people’s individual liberty and freedom.”
Pacific Legal Foundation is a national nonprofit legal organization that defends Americans threatened by government overreach and abuse. Since our founding in 1973, we challenge the government when it violates individual liberty and constitutional rights. With active cases in 34 states plus Washington, D.C., PLF represents clients in state and federal courts, with 17 wins of 19 cases litigated at the U.S. Supreme Court.