Week of Aug. 26, 2013

  • Published: August 26, 2013
  • Constitutional Revision Commission advances county recommendation   
    When the Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission met last week, the panel voted to endorse a change long-sought by counties. Under the commission’s new recommendation, it would take three negative votes in the Senate or nine negative votes in the House to force a local constitutional amendment to a statewide vote. Two other changes advocated by ACCA – relating to advertising local laws and administrative powers — are still under consideration and could come up for a vote at the commission’s next meeting in September.

    It’s webinar time  
    Administrators should have received an email around midday today with the link to register for Wednesday’s monthly webinar, County Chat with ACAA. And engineers can mark their calendars for their next webinar, set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The registration link will go out to engineers later in the week.

    ACCA’s top honors
    Among the many accolades that were awarded last week at ACCA’s Annual Convention, two in particular stand out. The highest award from ACCA is the Outstanding Contribution to County Government, which honors an individual for cumulative years of accomplishments that have helped advance county government in Alabama. This year’s winner of that award was Houston County Chairman Mark Culver, a past president of ACCA who has exerted leadership on issues such as jail overcrowding and protecting local government rights for tax collection. Another top honor is the Excellence in County Government Award, which went to Elmore County for a project called Innovation through Preservation relating to its road and bridge system.

    2014 election calendar
    The Secretary of State’s Office prepared this detailed calendar showing all the various filing deadlines for the 2014 election cycle.

    Enter the Innovative Alabama Government Awards
    The Auburn University Montgomery Center for Government is once again sponsoring the Innovative Alabama Government Awards program to recognize programs implemented during 2010-2012. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30, and all the details are available at this link