Kentucky House forms panel after petition to impeach Gov. Beshear

The Kentucky House of Representatives has formed a committee to consider a petition to impeach Gov. Andy Beshear. 

Speaker of the House David Osborne, R-Prospect, said under law the House doesn't have a choice but to take action after receiving the petition, which includes multiple allegations that the governor violated both the Kentucky Constitution and the U.S. Constitution in a series of executive orders responding to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"We have to take it seriously," Osborne said during a Saturday press conference. "This is a serious issue, regardless of whether anything comes of it or not."

Osborne said he hadn't read the petition yet and didn't know if the accusations were serious, but "for someone to propose undoing an election of a state executive ... it's a very, very serious accusation."

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