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Ivey Preparing for Transition In Case of Bentley Exit

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Zach C. Cohen
April 6, 2016, 9:36 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) “said she’s pre­pared to step in and serve as gov­ernor should Gov. Robert Bent­ley (R) be im­peached or resign in the wake of the scan­dal sur­round­ing his of­fice, she said in her first pub­lic in­ter­view Tues­day since al­leg­a­tions of an af­fair and pos­sible mis­use of state funds have en­snared Bent­ley.”

“Ivey … said she has not spoken with Bent­ley since the gov­ernor was ac­cused of hav­ing an af­fair with his seni­or polit­ic­al ad­viser, Re­bekah Cald­well Ma­son, two weeks ago.” 

Ivey: “When I first got elec­ted lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor in 2010, I en­trus­ted my trans­ition team then to de­vel­op us a plan should the need arise, be­cause one of the re­spons­ib­il­it­ies of the lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor is to serve if and when there is a va­cancy. … So cer­tainly that plan is avail­able to me and should the need arise, we’ll im­ple­ment that plan and the people of Alabama will have a smooth trans­ition, and the busi­ness of the state will con­tin­ue and be handled ef­fect­ively.” (Alabama Me­dia Group)

State Rep. Ed Henry (R) said at a news con­fer­ence Tues­day that he was fil­ing art­icles of im­peach­ment that day against Bent­ley, as ex­pec­ted. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

BACK TO BUSI­NESS. One of the le­gis­lature’s first ac­tions when it con­vened Tues­day was over­rid­ing “Bent­ley’s veto on the gen­er­al fund budget over Medi­caid fund­ing … and en­act the spend­ing plan against his wishes.” (AP)

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