Monday, March 21, 2016

AG's opinion: Bevin cannot remove horse park commissioners

(AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's office says Gov. Matt Bevin lacks the authority to remove members of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission before their terms expire.

The attorney general's opinion released Monday says the Bevin administration's interpretation of the law would allow the governor to remove — with limited exceptions — nearly any board or commission appointee at any time and for no reason.

The opinion says the administration's interpretation is "contrary to law."

The opinion comes amid heightened scrutiny of the horse park.

Bevin's administration recently said it appointed Louisville attorney Tandy Patrick as chairwoman of the park's commission. Patrick was chosen to replace Alston Kerr, who was appointed by then-Gov. Steve Beshear to a term ending in 2019.

Bevin's spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the opinion.