The Alabama Legislature's 2013 regular session has started.
Lt. Governor Kay Ivey started the session in the Senate at noon. Speaker Mike Hubbard gaveled the House into session at 12:10 p.m.
The session will last until mid-May. Lawmakers must complete the session in 30 meeting days during 105 calendar days.
Major issue facing lawmakers will be balancing the General Fund and education budgets in a year when funds are expected to be tight.
Governor Robert Bentley will address a joint session of the Legislate in the old House chamber at the Alabama Capitol Tuesday night.