DRIVE to the Senate | Hot 5

  • Published: February 29, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    BONUS: Look for Hot 5′s Hot Tip on Social Media Manners


    1. DRIVE Alabama Surveys to the Alabama Senate

    The DRIVE Alabama campaign has heard from hundreds of Alabamians about the road projects that they would fix first if additional funding were secured, and this valuable citizen input is about to be shared with legislators. Members of the Alabama Senate will soon receive letters about DRIVE Alabama accompanied by survey responses from their districts. This is intended to be a powerful reminder of citizen concern about deteriorating roads and bridges.

    If you would like to review citizen priorities from your county, early responses are already posted online at Additional responses will be added this week.

    (If you don’t see your county’s name on the County To Do List, it means that DRIVE Alabama has not yet heard from anyone in your county. But there’s still time – the two-question survey is accepting responses at Please encourage your friends and neighbors to voice their opinions!)


    2. Two Can’t-Miss Classes in March

    Regular registration closes Wednesday for two great courses for county employees coming up in March provided by the County Government Education Institute. Both classes are offered at the Marriott Legends in Prattville.

    The Personnel Administration course will hit all the hot topics:
    hiring, federal laws such as ADA, unemployment compensation,
    discipline, termination, personnel policies, workers’ compensation,
    sexual harassment and much more.
    All sessions are custom-tailored to county government.

    Personnel Administration
     Basic-Level Class required for ACAA, ACEA & AAND programs
    March 16-17 (11.3 CLE credits)


    Business Licenses, Tags & Other Local Revenue, an elective for revenue
    officers and license inspectors, boasts a line-up of specialized experts
    from the Alabama Department of Revenue and staff leaders from
    Blount, Calhoun, Cullman and Tuscaloosa counties.
    Participants will get practical strategies (such as best practices in enforcement)
    and forward-looking info on business license reform.

     Business Licenses, Tags & Other Local Revenue
     CROAA Elective
    March 16-17

    3. Please Send Your Election Results to ACCA

    Hundreds of thousands of Alabamians will count on their county governments tomorrow when they cast primary ballots, and election day provides yet another example of how counties matter. As you are busy with final preparations today, please remember to make sure that someone in your county is designated to send primary election results for commission races to ACCA as soon as possible. A form is provided for your convenience, and it can be returned to Brandy Perry (

    Primary Results Form (Excel document)


    4. Time Running Short for Introducing Local Bills

    The 2016 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature is moving more rapidly than normal. As of tomorrow, a full third of the session’s working days will be completed. For this reason, any county interested in passing a local bill this session needs to begin advertising no later than this week.


    5. Local Government Records Archivist Retires

    Tom Turley, government records archivist for the Alabama Department of Archives and History, retired today. The new ADAH contacts for local governments are Becky Hébert and Cole Smith. Hébert is head of State & Local Records Programs, and she may be reached at (334) 353-5039 or Smith assists her, and he may be reached at (334) 353-4605 or Also, Tracey Berezansky, head of the Government Services Division, will be retiring at the end of 2016.



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    Hot 5’s Hot Tip: Social Media Manners | Please & Thank You

    County commissioners know that even a brief word of appreciation can mean so much to an elected official, and that meaning is amplified if someone else hears the “thank you.”

    ACCA frequently expresses gratitude to legislators on social media – for bill sponsors, committee members and others who stand with counties during the session. You can enhance these Facebook posts in two important ways:

    • “Like” these posts
    • Add a quick comment of “Thank you” to these posts, especially if the post mentions a legislator who represents your county.

    Let’s help the unified voice of county government say “thank you” with enthusiasm, which is sure to strengthen working relationships for times when counties need to say “please” again.