MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Latest on the Alabama legislative session (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in her first State of the State address said the state has lifted a cloud of controversy that enveloped Alabama government for much of the last two years.

Ivey addressed lawmakers on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session almost exactly nine months after she was elevated to the governor’s office in April by the sudden resignation of then-Gov. Robert Bentley.

Ivey told lawmakers that “wounds have started healing” and people’s faith in government is being restored.

The GOP governor described a legislative agenda that included pay raises for teachers and state employees, averting a deferral takeover of state prisons and boosting rural broadband access.

Ivey began the speech with the quip “What a game!” in reference to the University of Alabama’s championship win over rival Georgia.

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12:30 p.m.

Alabama lawmakers have begun the 2018 legislative session.

Lawmakers convened at noon Tuesday at the Alabama Statehouse to begin a legislative session that also coincides with an election year.

The session will be dominated by two major budgetary issues: prisons and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Alabama is facing a court order to improve mental health care in prisons. The state will have to pick up some of the cost of the insurance program if Congress does not renew funding.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will give her first State of the State address on Tuesday night. Ivey became governor nine months ago by the sudden resignation of then-Gov. Robert Bentley.

In the speech, Ivey will discuss her session proposals, which include a pay raise for teachers and state employees.

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12:05 p.m.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is proposing pay raises for state and education employees.

The raises were included in the Tuesday budget presentation Ivey’s finance director made to lawmakers on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session.

The numbers in the governor’s proposed budget indicate that she is proposing a nearly 3 percent raise for state employees and over a 2 percent raise for education employees.

While, Finance Director Clinton Carter would not confirm the numbers, saying he didn’t want to steal the “governor’s thunder.”

Ivey is expected to discuss the proposed raises in Tuesday night’s State of the State address.

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11:20 a.m.

The state finance director told lawmakers the budget outlook is “good news” but the state should “proceed with caution” because of looming issues in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and prisons.

Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday heard projections for the budgets they will write during this legislative session.

After years of lurching from crisis to crisis, Finance Director Clinton Carter said the two state budgets are in the best situation the state has seen in years.

However, Carter said Medicaid will need a significant increase in 2020 and the state will likely have to pick up at least some of the insurance program cost.

Carter said the state also will have to allocate more to prisons to comply with a court order to improve inmate health care.

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2:39 a.m.

Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery to begin the 2018 legislative session.

Legislators convene at noon Tuesday to begin a session under an election year backdrop. Lawmakers and state offices are up for election in 2018.

The session will be dominated by two major budgetary issues: prisons and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Alabama is facing a court order to improve mental health care in prisons. The state will have to pick up some of the cost of the insurance program if Congress does not renew funding.

Daycare regulations, a teacher pay raise and ethics reform are other issues that could come before legislators.

Gov. Kay Ivey will give her first State of the State address Tuesday evening. Ivey became governor nine months ago after the resignation of then-Gov. Robert Bentley.