Ivey tells Alabama senators to observe decorum

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature wrapped up its
organizational session as new Republican Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey told
senators she expects them to operate with decorum.

Ivey gave her first speech Tuesday as the presiding officer of
the Senate since being sworn in as lieutenant governor on Monday.

Ivey told senators she expects them to cut out conversations and
milling around on the floor while debate is going on.

Senators also bid formal farewell to 84-year-old Secretary of
the Senate McDowell Lee. Lee is retiring after serving for 47 years
as secretary of the Senate. His last day on the job was Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville said Lee has devoted
much of his life to the Alabama Senate.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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