Week of Jan. 6, 2014

  • Published: January 6, 2014
  • Heading to Washington, D.C.
    ACCA President Debbie Wood and ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield are headed to Washington, D.C., this week for the annual meeting of association executives and presidents to review NACo’s federal legislative agenda and to discuss future programs that will be offered to counties throughout the nation. Sonny is scheduled to speak about the huge impact of ATRIP on Alabama counties.

    Insurance discount program continues
    Thousands of dollars have been saved by members of ACCA’s insurance funds by participating in the Safety Incentive Discount Program for 2012-2013.  The Safety Incentive Discount Program for 2013-2014 is now posted online. (password required)  All fund members should review this program and start working on the requirements so they can participate in the SIDP program this year and save thousands of dollars too!  Have questions? Contact Henry van Arcken.  

    Legislative Issues Webinars set
    The ACCA webinars during the legislative session proved popular last year, and they are back for 2014 with one tweak – the sessions are now planned for Thursday afternoons instead of Fridays. Mark your calendar for 3 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Jan. 23, Feb. 13 and March 13. Other webinars will be scheduled as the need arises, and these webinars will replace the regularly scheduled webinars for administrators and engineers for the duration of the session.

    Better communication during the session
    ACCA is working to help you stay plugged in during the session, and member feedback has been important to helping fine tune the plans. When you have contacted a legislator about a vote on Wednesday, you want to know as soon as possible how the vote went. With that in mind, ACCA is adding a new daily update, called a State House Status Report, that members will receive by email on days that the Legislature is in Montgomery. You will want to pay close attention to these daily messages, and this will also make the Friday Reports more brief, since those emails won’t have to include a long recap of the week’s action. 

    Social media during the session
    Things move fast during the legislative session, and if you want even more frequent updates of State House activity, you can keep up with ACCA on social media. On Twitter, follow @alabamacounties. On Facebook, like the Association of County Commissions of Alabama. In addition, many legislators use social media themselves, and it can be a great way to say “thank you” to them in a public way.