“The process is simple: all you have to do is enter a first and last name and a date of birth. You then verify the county of conviction or supervision and a result is displayed,” Beshear said.
Beshear issued the voting rights executive order on his third day in office, reviving an issue that had arisen in the two previous administrations.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, the current governor’s father, issued a similar executive order as one of his final moves in office. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin rescinded that order as one of his first actions, saying this issue should be handled by the legislature.
Raoul Cunningham, president of the Kentucky NAACP, said that advocates are now trying to help newly eligible voters get registered.
“We cannot sit back and just be thankful that this day has come. Because the work has just begun,” Cunningham said.
Beshear’s announcement comes a day after the state House of Representatives passed a bill that would create new voter ID restrictions, inching the measure closer to Beshear’s desk.
On Wednesday, Beshear cast doubts that he would sign the bill.
“I want to wait to see what the final bill will be,” Beshear said. “I am not for any bill that makes it harder for people to vote. We have zero cases of people pretending to be other people to vote.”
Governor Andy Beshear has signed a bill into law requiring all Kentucky school resource officers, or SROs, to carry a gun.
“The threats to our children in our schools is very real,” Beshear said, citing incidents where guns were found on school campuses, a thwarted school shooting plot in Shelby County, and the 2018 shooting in Marshall County.
“I simply cannot ask a school resource officer to stop an armed gunman entering a school without them having the ability to not only achieve this mission, but also to protect themselves,” he said.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday that he has reinstated the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, which former Governor Matt Bevin abolished in July 2018.
“This is just one step that we are going to take to make sure that when our Kentuckians leave their family in the morning and head to work, it’s in the safest environment possible and that they know that they’ve got a state government that is looking out for their safety,” Beshear told KyCIR.
Kentucky abortion rights advocates hope that their lives will be easier with a Democratic governor in office, but they will still have to contend with a strongly anti-abortion legislature.
Tamarri Wieder is the public affairs and policy director for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. She says that Gov. Andy Beshear’s defeat of Gov. Matt Bevin last year shows that voters didn’t rally around anti-abortion causes.
“He tried to really use Andy Beshear’s pro-choice stances against him and it failed,” Wieder said.
“While the makeup of the General Assembly hasn’t changed, I think the voices and the votes in Kentucky are standing up and realizing the hypocrisy of these bills and how damaging they are to the commonwealth.”