The Kentucky Constitution allows the Governor — and only the Governor — to call the General Assembly into Extraordinary (Special) Session and the Governor did so. The Constitution also requires the General Assembly to only consider what the Governor stipulates in the call.

In the Governor’s call we were asked to consider legislation to address several topics. These included extending the (COVID-19) state of emergency until Jan. 15, 2022; setting forth the criteria regarding the Governor’s authority to require facial coverings in indoor settings in certain circumstances; providing additional flexibility for school districts; and making an appropriation from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support COVID-19 mitigation and prevention activities such as testing and vaccine distribution. We were also asked to extend by an additional 30 days a state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to the flash flooding in Nicholas County and the City of Carlisle on Aug. 3. Lastly, we were asked to consider additional flexibility for the manner in which incentives can be provided to economic development projects with more than $2 billion in investment.