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Kentucky judge: Fair board bill infringes on gov’s powers


The Kentucky State Capitol is located in Frankfort and is the house of the three branches of the state government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) – A Kentucky judge has ruled against parts of a bill passed by the legislature that gives the agriculture commissioner authority to select a majority of the state fair board and limits the governor’s involvement in the appointments process.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Jefferson Circuit Judge Mary Shaw struck down provisions in the legislation Monday. The bill would’ve given Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, a Republican, nine appointments on the 14-person state fair board and five to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear.

The legislation passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly also prevented Beshear from making appointments in 2021. Quarles says he plans to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

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