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Finding Kentucky Executive Orders and Proclamations

by Erin Gow on 2020-03-24T08:00:00-04:00 | Comments
By Kurt Metzmeier


In the current health care crisis, Kentuckians have begun to gather at 5pm to watch Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press conference, wondering what public health measures would be taken. (The press conferences are archived on KET’s website at

Frequently, the governor issues an executive order with legal effect on businesses and citizens. Lawyers wonder, where are these orders? And where do I get an official version I can cite to clients and judges?

The first step is to go to “Kentucky's Response to COVID-19" on the governor’s webpage to get a listing of all orders, proclamations, and announcements related to the state response to COVID-19 health emergency. (For purely health care information, go to

Normally, all official orders of a Kentucky governor are registered in the Executive Journal which is maintained by the Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State. You can still access this by scrolling down to the database search and typing “COVID” in the search box (leaving all the settings in the default modes) and clicking the submit button. We would caution that it sometimes takes a little longer to get this version, because it can’t be posted until Secretary of State Michael Adams certifies and signs them.

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