The Kentucky General Assembly — state house and senate — is still meeting, despite the coronavirus pandemic, and guess what? Yes. A legislative aide for the General Assembly has tested positive for COVID-19.
A staff member for Kentucky's General Assembly has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an email sent to employees Monday evening.
Legislative Research Commission Director Jay Hartz wrote in the email that the unnamed legislative aide received the positive test Monday and “is recovering and doing relatively well, given the circumstances.”
“While this news is not completely unexpected given the spread of the novel coronavirus in Kentucky, it is nonetheless disconcerting news for the staff member, their family and the greater LRC community,” Hart wrote.
Because the staffer's positive test came late Monday afternoon, Hart wrote that “no decisions have been made as to staffing policies or the General Assembly’s schedule.”
For those who do not remember, the General Assembly is controlled by REPUBLICANS. And they decided to keep meeting even though we have a pandemic.
On March 16, Republican Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker David Osborne decided to press forward with the legislative session in the midst of increasing coronavirus cases.
And Republicans decided to get into a pissing contest with Democrats and the coronavirus.
Republican and Democratic legislators have butted heads over how to handle the session in the face of the growing health crisis, with Rep. Jim Gooch, R-Providence, giving a floor speech criticizing calls to adjourn or scale back the session because of the coronavirus “mass hysteria.”
Gooch was applauded by his fellow Republicans for his statement.