Panel takes no action on petitions against governor, AG

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A legislative panel took no action on impeachment petitions pending against Kentucky’s governor and attorney general after meeting behind closed doors for more than an hour Monday.

Republican Rep. Jason Nemes, the committee chairman, said the petitions were discussed during the executive session but the panel reached “no final resolution.”

Nemes didn’t immediately schedule another meeting.

Two citizens petitions against Gov. Andy Beshear have been dismissed, but another is pending. Petitions claimed the Democratic governor improperly infringed on individual rights with his coronavirus-related orders.

Beshear says there are “zero grounds” for his removal and maintains his COVID-19 orders have saved lives. Kentucky’s Supreme Court ruled last year that the governor had the authority to put restrictions on businesses and individuals to try to contain COVID-19.

The petition calling for Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s impeachment includes three grand jurors who criticized his handling of the investigation into Breonna Taylor’s shooting death by police.

Cameron has stood by his investigation into the Black woman’s death, which fueled protests over racial injustice. He says his team followed the law and presented a thorough case to the grand jury, adding that the petition against him was “so lacking in legal and factual support” it should be dismissed.