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Republican Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron told "The Ingraham Angle" Wednesday that Democratic Gov. Andrew Beshear's executive order restricting commonwealth residents' travel across state lines is overbroad and unconstitutional.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Beshear's March 31 order requires any Kentuckian who crosses state lines to commit themselves to at least 14 days in quarantine upon return. Violators could face a misdemeanor charge. According to the order, Kentuckians can only travel to other states for essential reasons such as work, essential errands such as groceries or health care visits, taking care of a loved one or complying with a court order.
Cameron told host Laura Ingraham that he joined the lawsuit challenging the order after initially being listed as a defendant because it is not "tailored in a way that is consistent with the Constitution, and the responsibility to help flatten the curve."
"Here in Kentucky, the health care workers, the first responders all have a unique challenge in confronting this pandemic, but in the attorney general's office we also have a responsibility to defend vigorously the Constitution," Cameron said.
He noted that neighboring Tennesse has fewer deaths per capita than Kentucky, yet Beshear's order applies to travel there just the same as it does to trips to Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia or Missouri.
"So, it strikes at the arbitrary nature of the restrictions," he said. "That is why we are in court fighting against it -- not because we want to score any particular points -- but [because] it is the right thing to do as it relates to the Constitution."
As of Wednesday evening, Kentucky had reported 4,539 coronavirus cases and 235 deaths from COVID-19.