Gov. Kay Ivey

Last In Math: Alabama Politicians Look for Ways to Close Gap

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State elected officials are working on a math initiative in an effort to boost scores. Republican Sen. Arthur Orr is working on proposed legislation for lawmakers to consider in 2022. He said it would include hiring more math coaches in elementary schools and other efforts to boost math scores. Eventually, in the latter part of this…

Ivey Promotes Alabama Prison Plan Ahead of Special Session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday blamed crumbling infrastructure for the state’s prison problems as she prepares to call lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session on prison construction. “The main issue contributing to these struggles is that our prison infrastructure is growing worse, day by day and is not capable of truly rehabilitating inmates,”…

Virus Hospitalizations in Alabama Approach 1,600 Amid Surge

MONTGOMERY (AP) – The number of coronavirus patients in Alabama hospitals has risen to its highest levels in six months. Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday released a video with State Health Officer Scott Harris encouraging people to get vaccinated. Harris said the delta variant is so infectious that anyone who contracts COVID-19 is likely to spread it to three or…

Lawmakers Explore Prison Options, Use of COVID Relief Funds

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Legislative leaders are continuing to discuss prison construction and renovation alternatives, including if pandemic relief funds can be used to offset costs or renovating and building prisons. Key lawmakers say they expect to continue discussions this month in advance of a possible special session later in the year. “I think the House and Senate are pretty…

Gov. Kay Ivey Raises $1.2 million for Reelection

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has raised $1.2 million in her bid for reelection, her campaign announced Thursday. The Republican incumbent’s fundraising could deter challengers from either side of the aisle in the 2022 election. In a bit of saber-rattling, her campaign made the sizable figure known ahead of mandatory election filings. “The people of Alabama are…

Gov. Ivey Looking at Other Options for Prison Construction

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she’s looking at other options for prison construction after a plan to lease prisons was set back by financing troubles. Ivey made the statement Wednesday, a day after the June 1 deadline passed for companies to have financing in place for the prison leases. The governor said she plans to meet with legislators to discuss…

Gov. Ivey Signs ‘Vaccine Passport’ Ban

 (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation banning so-called vaccine passports to prohibit proof of a coronavirus vaccination to enter a business, school or event. Ivey’s office announced the signing Monday. The legislation by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur would prohibit government entities from issuing documentation to certify vaccine status….

Ivey Signs Bill Allowing K-12 Schools To Teach Yoga

The Alabama ban on yoga in public schools is no more. Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday signed legislation to allow public schools to teach yoga. The legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jeremy Gray, a former college athlete who did yoga as part of his training, says schools can opt to teach yoga if they choose. The new law comes 27…

Ivey Urges People Not to Hoard Fuel after Pipeline Attack

(AP Photo/Mike Stewart) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) –  Gov. Kay Ivey is urging people to refrain from panic buying at gas stations after the pipeline cyberattack. Ivey’s office said Tuesday that Alabama does not have a fuel shortage but that hoarding gas could create one. Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola said the U.S. Department of Energy assures the pipeline should be operational…