General session agendas set for ACCA 91st Convention | Hot 5

  • Published: July 1, 2019
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    + Key Dates This Week

    1. General session agendas set for ACCA 91st Convention

    The agenda has been set for the general sessions of the ACCA 91st Convention! Have you reserved your seat? The program will include remarks from Gov. Kay Ivey, details on prison reform plans from Reps. Chris England and Jim Hill, leadership insight from Sens. Clyde Chambliss and Chris Elliott and Rep. Sam Jones, and discussions on the new retirement benefits act, the national opioid crisis, the 2020 Census, mental health in jails and much more! Click here to view the agenda — and of course, click here to register to attend.

    2. Counties urged to complete criminal justice survey 

    The Association is conducting a critical survey related to county expenditures on jail and law enforcement expenses in preparation for the anticipated special legislative session on prison reform. Currently, less than 30 counties have responded to the survey, which will provide ACCA staff with the details necessary to determine the additional costs being bore by county governments as a result of the 2015 prison reform legislation. One element in any prison reform strategy will be to further revise the sentencing laws to move more offenders down to the local level, which will automatically shift costs and responsibility from the state to county governments. For these reasons, counties are encouraged to complete this important five-question survey before July 10. For questions, contact Chase Cobb, Governmental Affairs Manager.

    3. REMINDER: 2019 Final Legislative Report now available

    The “Goat Hill Final Report – 2019 Edition,” which outlines all of the new laws from the 2019 Legislative Session impacting county government, is now available here. Following the format of last year’s report, the 2019 report includes a navigation key to help direct county leaders to particular bills of interest, but all county leaders are encouraged to review the report in its entirety. Many of the laws outlined in the report will be further discussed at the ACCA 91st Convention in August and through other future educational events. County officials or employees with questions about the contents of the report are asked to contact the ACCA staff.

    4. 2019-2020 Joint Bid Program preparation in the works

    Preparation for the 2019-2020 Alabama County Joint Bid Program is officially underway! Over the next few months, the program will bid out heavy equipmentherbicidesroad signs and metal pipe for county purchases in 2020. The successful Alabama County Joint Bid Program continues to expand, increasing counties’ ability to purchase items from purchasing lists without bidding out each specific item. County Engineers interested in serving on the Joint Bid Committee or offering recommendations on specific items are encouraged to contact Chase Cobb, Governmental Affairs Manager.

    5. ACCA Offices to be closed this Thursday, Friday

    The ACCA Offices will be closed this Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. The Association Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 8.


    KEY DATES THIS WEEK

    TUESDAY, JULY 2
    Below 100 Intensive Training

    THURSDAY, JULY 4
    Independence Day

    THURSDAY, JULY 4 – FRIDAY, JULY 5
    ACCA Offices closed in observance of Independence Day