Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, Ryan Quarles, is filing a suit alongside Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, in Scott County against executive orders from the Beshear Administration.
The lawsuit claims Governor Beshear’s executive orders were in violation of the processes outlined by Kentucky’s Administrative Procedures Act and the state constitution.
Commissioner Quarles said the Evans Family has put public health first every step of the way during the coronavirus pandemic but they have also suffered immense financial losses due to restrictions issued by the Governor during the State of Emergency. He said while the orders may be well-intentioned, they violate the Administrative Procedures Act, which contains significant protections for input from the public and the General Assembly during the rulemaking process.
Located in Georgetown, Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, is comprised of a 96,000 square foot playground, and barn used for weddings and other events. According to Quarles, the orchard was told by local health officials they could not allow more than 10 individuals onto its space at one time. He also claims that local health officials waited five days before returning a response about an inquiry to open.
The local orchard says they have experienced ‘major’ financial burdens as a result of the executive orders in place.