Governor Kay Ivey

Gov. Ivey Forms Group to Study Prison Issues

Gov. Kay Ivey announced in a statement this morning that by executive order, she has established the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy. The group will analyze data and best practices to further address the challenges facing Alabama’s prison system. Prisons have long been plagued with overcrowded conditions, poor facilities and understaffing. Ivey says she believes that reforming the…

Alabama Schools Plans Projects With More Money From State

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – A sizable increase in a state education fund is allowing local school systems to pay for school resource officers and maintenance projects, among other things. The Dothan Eagle reports that the money is available after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey this year signed off on the largest education budget to date, topping $7 billion. The Education Trust…

Lawmakers Approve Education Budget with 4% Pay Raise

Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to an education trust fund budget that includes a 4% pay increase for K-12 teachers and other public school employees. Lawmakers gave final approval to the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. Ivey released the following statement, following the Legislature’s action:…

Update: Fate of State School Board in the Hands of Alabama Voters

Alabama voters will decide next year whether they want to abolish the elected state school board and replace it with an appointed commission. The House of Representatives voted 78-21 today for the proposed constitutional amendment that will go before voters next year. Alabamians will vote on the proposal on March 3, 2020. The new nine-member education commission would be appointed…

Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Bills to Expand Broadband Service

Gov. Kay Ivey has signed two pieces of legislation aimed at improving and expanding broadband services across Alabama. The bills signed Thursday specifically target rural and small communities that are often underserved by high speed internet. Ivey says it’s imperative that the state provide students, hospitals and small businesses with the high speed broadband they need to “have success in…

Pro-Abortion Protesters Rally Outside State Capitol

Hundreds of abortion bill opponents have been rallying outside the Alabama State Capitol Sunday. The march began as protesters walked up Dexter Avenue. Most were opponents of the state abortion bill signed by Governor Kay Ivey just last week. The marchers chanted “My Body, My Choice!”. “Today was about letting Alabamians make their voices heard at the Capitol steps and…

Alabama Senate Approves Revamping State School Board

The Alabama Senate voted 30-0 to overhaul the existing state school board.  A bill, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, would replace the elected state school board with a commission that would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The bill now goes to the Alabama House. If passed, this proposed constitutional amendment would be…

Alabama Senate Passes Abortion Bill with No Amendments

The Alabama Senate voted 25-6 tonight to approve the abortion bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. Abortions would only be legal if the mother’s life was in danger. The Senate rejected five proposed amendments to the bill. Some had wanted rape and incest to be included among the exceptions. If the bill becomes law, a doctor…