Governor Ivey Signs Sex Offender Reporting Bill

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey, on Friday, May 26, 2017, signed into law Senate Bill 301, sponsored by Senator Vivian Figures. “The most important duty of government is to keep our people safe. I proudly signed SB301, because it protects the vulnerable in our society by ensuring that reporting requirements for sex offenders are strict and enforced,” Governor Ivey said. …

Alabama to Add 122 New First Class Pre-K Classrooms for 2017-2018 School Year

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education today announced that the state’s First Class Pre-K program will add 122 new classrooms this fall. The new classrooms will increase the size of Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for the 2017-2018 school year to 938 classrooms enrolling approximately 16,884 four-year-olds (28 percent of all four-year-olds) statewide. …

Governor Ivey Appoints William B. Sellers to the Alabama Supreme Court

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced today the appointment of William B. Sellers to the Alabama Supreme Court as an Associate Justice. Sellers previously served as a Partner in the Montgomery office of Balch & Bingham, LLP. “I am extremely pleased to appoint Will Sellers to the Alabama Supreme Court. I cannot think of an individual who is more qualified, …

Governor Ivey Signs Midwives Bill

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed House Bill 315, related to the practice of midwifery in Alabama. Today, she released the following statement: “After thoughtful and deliberate consideration, I signed the midwifery bill because it gives mothers more options to choose how to deliver their baby, while simultaneously ensuring that those midwives who practice in Alabama are qualified …

Alabama’s First Class Pre-K Named Nation’s Highest Quality Program for 11th Year in a Row

MONTGOMERY – For the 11th year in a row, Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program is being hailed as one of the nation’s highest quality state-funded pre-kindergarten programs for four-year-olds. This assertion was made today by the National Institute for Early Education Research in its 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook. Released every year since 2003, NIEER’s State of Preschool Yearbook is …

Governor Ivey Appoints Jo Bonner as Chairman of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council

MONTGOMERY – Governor Ivey today appointed Jo Bonner to serve as her designee to the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (Alabama RESTORE Council) and thereby serve as the council’s designated chairman. In her official capacity, Governor Ivey serves as chairman of the Council. “The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council is tasked with restoring and protecting one of our state’s greatest …

Governor Ivey Announces Alabama’s Unemployment Rate Decrease Highest in Nation

MONTGOMERY –  Governor Kay Ivey announced today that the .4% decrease in Alabama’s unemployment rate from March 2017 to April 2017 tied with Tennessee for the highest rate decrease in the nation. “Today’s announcement that Alabama had the highest drop in unemployment numbers in the nation in April is encouraging. Since my first day in office, I have been laser-focused …

Gov. Ivey announces James Hardie Building Products Will Create 205 Jobs at Alabama Manufacturing Facility

PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that James Hardie Building Products plans to invest up to $220 million to open an advanced fiber-cement building products manufacturing plant in Prattville, creating 205 jobs. James Hardie, whose corporate roots go back more than a century, is a leading high-technology manufacturer of numerous types of fiber-cement products with a range of …

Governor Ivey Appoints Vernon Barnett as Commissioner of Revenue

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey has appointed Vernon Barnett as the new Commissioner of Revenue. It is her 5th change to her cabinet and more are expected as she puts in place a leadership team focused on improving the state’s image. “The Alabama Department of Revenue is vital to state government, ensuring citizens are treated fairly and that all tax dollars …

Governor Ivey Announces Expansion of Interstate 65 to Six Lanes in Shelby County

MONTGOMERY – As part of her mission to steady the ship of state, Governor Kay Ivey is focused on implementing policies aimed at improving Alabama’s economy. To that end, Governor Ivey announced today she has directed Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper to expand a portion of Interstate 65 in north Shelby County from four lanes to six lanes. …