Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
What's Going On
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Scott Co. judge sides with Quarles, Orchard; issues TRO
By Sean Southard
Georgetown, KY - Following a hearing this week, Scott Circuit Court Judge Brian Privett ruled in favor of Agriculture Commissioner Quarles and Evans Orchard by granting a temporary restraining order against the enforcement of the Governor's executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron intervened in the case, siding with Commissioner Quarles and Evans Orchard. The order stops the statewide enforcement of the Governor's executive orders with respect to all of Kentucky's agritourism venues registered with the KDA. There are 548 agritourism sites registered with the KDA.
The complaint filed last week by the Commissioner and Evans Orchard alleges Governor Beshear's executive orders are unconstitutional and unlawful. KDA officials argued that certain statutes passed by the General Assembly conflicted with sections 2, 27, 28, and 29 of the Kentucky constitution. Plaintiffs also alleged that the proper authority for issuing emergency regulations is set forth in Kentucky's Administrative Procedures Act (APA). In emergency situations, the APA permits the governor to issue emergency regulations that take effect immediately and still allow for public comment and review from the General Assembly's bipartisan and bicameral administrative regulation review subcommittee, chaired by Senator Steve West and Representative David Hale.
Evans Orchard worked with the local health department in Scott County to comply with orders for public facing business and outdoor attractions, but struggled under what Commissioner Quarles has called "regulatory mayhem" due to the haphazard nature of the Governor's orders.
In one instance, an official told the Kentucky Proud venue no more than 10 individuals could be in a 96,000 square foot outdoor play area. In another, an official waited five days before responding to an inquiry about reopening to the public. Seeking further clarification, Evans Orchard sent a letter to Governor Beshear's office on June 9 about the restrictions and did not receive a response. Due to these burdens, Evans Orchard has experienced major financial losses. Without this temporary restraining order, the business could not operate its playground and event venue profitably for the remainder of the calendar year.
This story was posted on 2020-07-09 11:50:31
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
More articles from topic Politics:
New Kentucky laws go into effect next week
Kentucky voter registration up in May
Quarles hopes USMCA will bring economic boost to Kentucky
Adair County results in the 2020 Kentucky Primary Election
Governor issues executive order on non-discrimination
Comer is Republican Leader of Oversight & Reform Committee
Opinion: Coronavirus Make Clear Need For Rural Broadband
Letter: Primary Election
Report voting irregularities to hotline on Election Day
Reminder: Email, phone, and text are not KY voting methods
View even more articles in topic Politics
Bank of Columbia
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Quick Links to Popular Features
Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.