Ivey calls Special Session

Published 1:26 am Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Following Tuesday night’s adjournment of the Alabama Legislature and her delivery of the State of the State address, Gov. Kay Ivey called a Special Session to tackle Alabama’s ongoing infrastructure issues.

The Special Session will be focused on legislation to levy an additional excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel; legislation concerning the Legislature’s Permanent Joint Transportation Committee to provide for effective legislative oversight of the Alabama Department of Transportation; and legislation to provide the Alabama Highway Finance Corporation with authority to borrow money and issue bonds for the purpose of improving the Alabama State Docks and the Mobile Bay ship channel.

Ivey issued the following statement regarding her decision:

“Due to the dire need to act now, I am the Alabama Legislature into a special session, focused solely on passing this critical infrastructure legislation. Beginning tomorrow, as we enter this special session, we must shift our focus and tackle this issue together! It’s time to make our crumbling infrastructure system a problem of the past.”

Tuesday was the first day of the legislature’s 2019 Regular Session. Legislators have 104 days in which to complete 30 legislative days in a Regular Session.

The Special Session was set to begin at 9:30 Wednesday morning.