Week of Feb. 13, 2012

  • Published: February 13, 2012
  • Federal funding for bridges
    The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote later this week on a new highway funding bill that will remove the requirement that 15 percent of the bridge funding allocated to be state be spent on rural (or county-maintained) bridges. The ACCA staff has worked over the weekend with the staff of Congressman Spencer Bachus on possible amendments to restore the bridge program. County officials are encouraged to contact their House members in Washington to urge their support for a continuing priority of funding for rural bridge programs.

    Not this year
    St. Clair County Commission Chairman Stan Batemon has informed the ACCA staff — and NACo officials — that he will not be a candidate for NACo 2nd vice president this year. Although NACo campaign procedures prohibit candidates from announcing their intentions until January, Stan indicates that next year this time he will be making another announcement about his intentions regarding the position of NACo 2nd vice president.

    Immigration talk heats up
    During the first week of this year’s legislative session several bills have been introduced to make changes to the state’s immigration law. Friday ACCA Director Sonny Brasfield participated at a forum at Samford University to highlight the new law’s impact on county government. Word from the leaders in the House and Senate is that a comprehensive bill with changes agreeable to the sponsors of last year’s legislation will likely be introduced in a couple of weeks.The ACCA staff will keep you informed.

    Make a good showing
    If you are attending the Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties, please be sure to register for the Alabama Delegation Breakfast on Wednesday, March 7.  Because of the March political party primary, Alabama’s attendance at this year’s conference is much lower than usual. To ensure that we have a strong appearance at the breakfast, it is important that all county officials and employees who attend the conference register for and attend the event with the members of our Congressional Delegation.  Click here to register.

    Pike County’s voting, are you?
    Voters in Pike County will decide March 13 if the powers in the Alabama Limited Self-Governance Act will apply in the unincorporated portions of that county. The referendum, which authorizes the commission to adopt ordinances on abating nuisances, has been approved in almost 20 Alabama counties. If your county also has placed the issue on this year’s party primary ballot or if you just want more information on this process, please contact the ACCA staff.