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FRANKFORT, KY (AP) — Kentucky’s highest court has heard clashing views on the scope of a governor’s executive powers.

The Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging new laws aimed at limiting Gov. Andy Beshear’s authority to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court hearing came a day before all coronavirus-related capacity limits on Kentucky businesses are being lifted.

But the high court’s ruling will have far-reaching implications for future governors confronted by long-running public emergencies. Beshear filed a lawsuit challenging the laws. A Franklin Circuit judge temporarily blocked them, setting up the showdown in the Supreme Court.

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