Ivey won’t sign spending bill, wants plan for COVID-19 cash

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FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo Republican Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to supporters after she won the election at a watch party in Montgomery, Ala. Ivey said she should not have worn blackface in a college skit, but said she has no plan to resign over something that happened 52 years ago. Ivey told reporters Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 that “she should not have done that” and it’s important to apologize. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking lawmakers to change a spending bill to detail how the state will spend more than $1.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief fund.

The Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature have been in a tug-of-war over control of the funds.  Ivey wrote to legislators and told them she is returning the spending bill with an executive amendment to detail where the COVID-19 funds should be used.

Lawmakers will decide Monday when they return to Montgomery whether to accept the governor’s proposed changes.


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