Lawmakers react to Governor Ivey’s State of the State address

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Both Democrats and Republicans seemed pleased after Governor Kay Ivey delivered the State of the State address. 

Many lawmakers are now looking to see what will come of the proposed infrastructure bill. Within the infrastructure Bill, there will be a 10-cent gas tax increase.

“There are still a lot of moving pieces,” Senator Cam Ward (R-AL) said. “A lot of concerns, but that’s what the legislative process is about. Can you get those concerns worked out? Can you get it passed?”

When it comes down to the state’s education, many say they were pleased to hear her proposal to expand the First Class Pre-K program and give teachers a 4 percent raise.

Legislatures say a lot of questions were addressed, but some lawmakers want more details.

“I would like to hear more about Criminal Justice Reform, finding more ways for us to look at things like decriminalizing marijuana and other issues like that,” Rep. Anthony Daniels (D-AL), Democratic House leader, said.

Both Democrats and Republicans tell CBS 42 they found the governor’s State of the State address to be uplifting by pointing out the ways Alabama is moving forward. Some are still looking for the governor to elaborate on her proposals. 

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