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GOP lawmakers complain about Davis statue removal process

Jefferson Davis statue that once stood in the Kentucky State Capitol
Jefferson Davis statue that once stood in the Kentucky State Capitol(WKYT)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 9:08 AM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have complained that a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was removed from the state Capitol without bids by a firm with political connections to the governor. Kentucky state Sens.

Stephen Meredith and Paul Hornback argued during a legislative committee hearing Tuesday that the presence of the 15-foot statue in the rotunda was not enough of an emergency to justify a no-bid contract.

They said other companies should have had a chance to compete for the job.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he had not role in awarding the $225,000 contract to American Industrial Contractors of Lexington.

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