Hot 5: Self-governance, ACEA & prison reform

  • Published: June 2, 2014
  • East Alabama county trying for self-governance in November

    The Russell County Commission has voted to put the Alabama Limited Self-Governance Act powers on the ballot Nov. 4, and there is still time for others that may be interested in addressing issues such as junkyards, litter, unsanitary sewage or animal control. As the link above explains, commissions must pass a resolution by August to get the issue on the November ballot.


    ACEA announcements

    The monthly webinars, called County Chat with ACEA, will resume next week – at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. Register at the event listing on These sessions will generally fall on the second Thursday of every month until the Alabama Legislature reconvenes. In addition, presentations and handouts from the recent ACEA Conference are now available at


    Railroad crossing safety 

    The Southeastern Rail-Highway Safety Conference and Workshop is coming up quickly, and it will provide an opportunity for in-depth training on the special safety considerations that come into play in these locations. The event, jointly sponsored by Auburn University and the Alabama Department of Transportation, will be June 18-20 in Montgomery. [download id=”1653″]


    Prison reform from a state legislator’s perspective

    The ACCA Annual Convention is focused on Corrections at a Crossroads this year, and county leaders are well familiar with the county jail’s big bite out the budget every year. Here’s a glimpse at how the crisis looks to one leading state legislator.


    County leaders tackle prison reform

    Members of the brand-new Alabama Prison Reform Task Force won’t have a chance to forget that their work stands to have a big impact on counties. [download id=”1654″] is having its organizational meeting the morning of June 10, and then heading to the state task force’s first meeting. Many thanks to all who have agreed to serve on this policy team!