Court Hears Arguments In Case Pitting Bevin Against Beshear

Apr 12, 2019

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Kentucky's Supreme Court has heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Matt Bevin's executive action overhauling several state boards that oversee public education.

Attorney General Andy Beshear told the court on Friday that the independence of those boards is at stake. Bevin's attorney, Steve Pitt, said governors have used such executive authority for decades to make changes to boards and commissions.

The case is the latest round in a feud between the Republican governor and Democratic attorney general. The lawsuits have been tinged with politics. Bevin is seeking re-election this year and Beshear is among Democrats running to oust him.

Beshear said the case is important to preserve the separation of power between branches of government. Pitt says Beshear has used those executive powers to make changes in his office.