Week of May 6, 2013

  • Published: May 6, 2013
  • Legislative webinar TODAY
    Join the ACCA staff “in the huddle” to find out how you and others from your county can play your best defense “in the red zone” to affect these bills that could hobble county government for decades to come. Please register for “2 Minute Drill: Danger Bills in the Session’s Final Days” this afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. You can email Sallie Gowan for the link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Internet sales tax likely to advance
    Later today the U.S. Senate is expected to pass legislation clearing the way for states and local governments to collect sales tax from internet and other “remote” sales tax transactions. The legislation would then go to the U.S. House of Representatives. In Alabama, the Association continues to take the lead on ensuring that local enforcement and compliance efforts can continue if the federal bill becomes law. Serious talks are set to begin later this month on how Alabama might craft a method to protect local involvement while also garnering revenue from this legislation.

    9-1-1 rate near deadline
    The deadline for the new 13-member board to make any changes in the statewide rate for 9-1-1 service is this week. The group is set to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at 400 S. Union St. in Montgomery.  Effective Oct. 1, the rate has been adjusted by the Legislative Oversight Commission to $1.70 per month.  In the last month, telephone service providers have been asked to reevaluate their “line counts” and to provide new information that could be used to make further adjustments – if warranted.

    Attn: Attorneys and engineers
    The next County Government Education Institute course, “Legal Primer: County Roads,” is set for May 29-30 in Prattville. The course is an elective for engineers, and attorneys can now get 12 hours of CLE credit for participating. The deadline to register is May 15.

    Reinsurance essential for funds
    ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield serves as secretary of County Reinsurance Limited, a Vermont corporation that provides counties throughout the country with reinsurance coverage for their property, liability and workers’ compensation programs. This month he will participate in the annual meeting to establish rates for the new insurance year. The coverage provided by CRL plays a major role in protecting the long-range future of the Association’s self-funded insurance funds – and the sister funds from throughout the country.