GOP lawmakers complain about Davis statue removal process
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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