The first day of Alabama’s 2018 legislative session is Tuesday, and after a short day of work elected officials will gather for a Joint Session in the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol where Governor Kay Ivey will deliver the annual State of the State address.
At 6:30 p.m. CST, Ivey will outline her agenda for the new year.
The Governor has invited special guest Caryn McDade to the State of the State Address. McDade is a resident of Jefferson County, Ala. Due to a learning disability, McDade dropped out of high school. She eventually took GED classes at the Birmingham Career Center and was referred to the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. After receiving training from the agency on how to seek and obtain employment, McDade attended the first ever Governor’s Disability Job Fair in October 2017. As a result of the job fair, she interviewed with and was subsequently hired by Southern Hospitality Home Health Care in Fultondale, Ala. as a home health care aide.
Joining Ms. McDade will be her supervisor at the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Yolanda Spencer and ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw.
This is Ivey’s first State of the State address since taking office following the resignation of former Gov. Robert Bentley last April.