The Latest: Judge allows lawsuit against governor to go on
Aug. 09, 2017
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle between Kentucky's governor and attorney general (all times local):
A Kentucky judge says the Democratic attorney general's lawsuit against the Republican governor can go forward.
Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued Gov. Matt Bevin over an executive order reorganizing several boards that govern public education. Wednesday, Bevin's attorneys asked Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to dismiss the lawsuit.
Wingate said he will allow the case to continue. He converted Bevin's motion to dismiss into a motion for summary judgment and gave the attorney general's office 20 days to respond. He said he would issue a ruling soon after.
Two of Kentucky's most bitter rivals will meet in court twice over the next 10 days in legal battles that could help shape the state's future in both politics and policy.
Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued Republican Gov. Matt Bevin four times over his use of executive orders to reshape state government. Wednesday, Bevin's attorneys will ask a judge to dismiss the latest lawsuit that challenges the governor's order to remake several boards that govern public education.
Next week, the two sides will argue before the state Supreme Court over whether Bevin can abolish and replace the boards of trustees at public universities, namely the University of Louisville.
The lawsuits have extra weight since Beshear is seen as a potential candidate to challenge Bevin for re-election in 2019.