July 14, 2020 Blog, Press Release

SHAMEFUL: GOP legislators in KY attend in-person hearing without masks the day after learning about possible exposure to COVID-19 from colleague

A startling scene unfolded in the Kentucky General Assembly on Tuesday. Just one day after learning that one of their colleagues had contracted COVID-19, and attended an in-person hearing without a mask a couple days before the appearance of symptoms, several Republican legislators appeared at another in-person hearing without masks.










Kentucky is one of more than 20 states currently requiring that masks be worn in all indoor settings. Republicans have bristled at the mask requirement, and on Friday Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron became the only Attorney General in the country to mount a legal challenge to mask requirements.

State Senator Max Wise announced yesterday that he tested positive for the Coronavirus on Friday, July 10th after beginning to experience symptoms on Thursday, July 9th.  At least two legislators, State Rep. Hart and State Sen. Meredith, were in attendance at a hearing with Sen. Wise on Tuesday, July 7th. None of the three wore masks in the July 7 hearing.

“Republicans cannot claim to support mask-wearing, but then show up in Frankfort refusing to wear masks and placing everyone around them at risk,” said Marisa McNee, spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “At least two of these members are known to have been in contact with Sen. Wise who announced on Monday that he has tested positive for Coronavirus. It is an absolute dereliction of duty for these members to continue to behave this way. Just shameful.”