Ivey signs bills making Alabama ‘most pro-military state’
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Valarie Bracken
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week signed six Senate Bills offering greater protections and privileges for military members in the state.
Here’s a rundown of what those bills are:
- Senate Bill 116 allows the children of active military members moving to Alabama to enroll in local public schools remotely, making it easier for families to get their children started in school once they’ve moved to the state.
- SB99, SB167 and SB141 help military families find work upon relocating to Alabama by allowing greater flexibility in occupational licensing for military spouses.
- SB28 allows for the creation of the Space National Guard within the Alabama National Guard, if the federal government creates a Space National Guard.
- SB119 expands scholarships under the Alabama G.I. and Dependents’ Educational Benefit Act to include in-state and private two- and four-year colleges.
All six bills were recommended by the Alabama Military Stability Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth.
“Alabama is the most pro-military state in the nation, and I am proud to put my signature on a series of legislation aimed at ensuring that we are even more military-friendly,” Ivey said in a statement.