Hot 5: Get Set, Go! To the State House

  • Published: March 2, 2015

    Get Set, Go! To the Alabama State House

    Tomorrow is the first day of the 2015 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, with both chambers going into session at noon. Please watch your inbox for updates through ACCA’s new legislative tracking and communication system, and a link to the tracking system will be available on the homepage of this afternoon. Another important date for county officials and employees from Butler, Elmore, Geneva, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, St. Clair and Walker counties is March 17, which is the first ACCA County Day at the State House. Questions? Contact Terri Sharpley Reynolds at or 334-263-7594.


    First SIDP Required Training for Correctional Officers Now Available

    A portion of Requirement #8 of ACCA’s Self-Insurance Funds’ Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) requires a minimum of two correctional officers complete at least one ACCA-sponsored Law Enforcement Training Program during the coverage period. Correctional Officers’ training will coincide with the Alabama Jail Association’s March and October conferences and attendance may be at either of these two ACCA-sponsored events.  The first AJA Conference is March 13-15 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Montgomery. Click here for conference information and registration.  Questions? Email Henry van Arcken ( or Marcia Collier (, or call them at 334-263-7594.


    ACCA President Elected to NACo Post

    Congratulations to ACCA President Merceria Ludgood of Mobile County, who was elected to fill an unexpired term as the Southern representative to the NACo Executive Committee. She now holds one of the eight seats on the NACo governing committee and is the first Alabamian to hold an officer position with NACo in several decades. Many thanks to those who encouraged colleagues from throughout the south to cast their state’s vote for Merceria.  She will face election for a full term during the NACo Annual Conference to be held in North Carolina in July.


    Traffic Incident Management Workshop Next Week 

    ALDOT and FHWA are collaborating on a video teleconference workshop on March 10 focused on Traffic Incident Management, and the participants can go to ALDOT’s central office, regional offices or area offices to take part, and there are separate sessions aimed at senior decision makers and mid-level managers. See this John Cooper memo for details.


    Prison Reform Plan Could Be Costly for Counties
    After last week’s wintry weather, the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force meeting was rescheduled for tomorrow just prior to the start of the legislative session. ACCA representative Bill Stricklend and Hoss Mack, who is the representative of the state’s sheriffs, are preparing to offer comments regarding the anticipated report. Without additional funding for the operation of the county jail, this legislative package has the potential to negatively impact county budgets. ACCA will certainly reserve final judgment until draft legislation is reviewed, but the Association is extremely concerned that the package will produce additional costs at the county level.

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