Week of March 10, 2014

  • Published: March 10, 2014
  • Two big legislative opportunities
    First, counties need to have a big presence in the State House tomorrow. Representatives from Cherokee, Chilton, Crenshaw, Limestone, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox and Winston counties were already invited for the next-to-last County Day @ the Legislature of the year, and ACCA wants to boost that crowd with anyone else who can come. The House is scheduled to consider HB 458 tomorrow afternoon, a bill that would slash taxes for certain business properties and create a dangerous precedent that could lead to other types of businesses seeking the same reductions. If you can come, please call Brandy Perry (334-263-7594) by noon today to be included in the headcount for lunch. Also, don’t forget to register in advance for Thursday’s Legislative Issues Webinar at 3 p.m.

    Free safety training
    Does your county need help identifying and controlling workplace hazards? UA SafeState is offering a free one-day seminar on “Injury and Illness Prevention Program-Safety Systems” on April 8 in Tuscaloosa. Click here for details

    Trust fund $ coming in April
    The annual distribution to counties from the Alabama Trust Fund and the County and Municipal Government Trust Fund will be made in April. This year’s distribution to counties is more than $25 million. An estimate of each county's allocation is available here.

    New plan in the works for NACo Legislative Conference
    For the second year in a row, weather difficulties forced the cancellation of the Association’s Congressional Breakfast in Washington. In anticipation of the 2015 trip to D.C., the Association is evaluating other options for organizing county meetings with members of Alabama’s Congressional Delegation. More details to come.

    Law Day 2014
    ACCA is collaborating with the Alabama State Bar to promote Law Day this year on May 1. The 2014 theme, recognized throughout the nation, is, “Every Vote Matters,” which celebrates the anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Alabama State Bar is asking county commissions to issue proclamations recognizing Law Day. A proclamation template can be found at this link, and for more information, please call Brad Carr at (334) 269-1515, Ext. 2128. If your county issues a proclamation, please email a PDF copy to Marcia Daniel.