Governor Kay Ivey will take center stage as she gives her first State of the State address since being catapulted to the governor's office nine months ago.
Ivey will give the traditional Tuesday night speech from the Alabama Capitol on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session.
Lawmakers return to Montgomery Tuesday to begin a session under the backdrop of an election year. The governor will lay out her agenda with initiatives for education, rural infrastructure and prisons. One of the most pressing matters s before lawmakers is compliance with a court order to overhaul prison mental health care. Political scientist Bill Stewart says the speech is an important moment in Ivey's new administration as she seeks a full term in 2018. Alabama Public Radio will be airing Governor Ivey's State of the State address Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30.