Hot 5: Prison reform

  • Published: February 16, 2015
  • Legislators Can Hear County Views on Prison Reform 8 Times This Week

    Prison reform is one of the top issues county leaders will be tracking when the legislative session begins, and there are eight different opportunities this week for county officials to convey their concerns to state legislators. That is one of many issues that will likely be discussed during Coffees @ the Courthouse across the state this week. As always, much appreciation is expressed to host counties!


    Is Your County At Risk?

    According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), more than 760 breaches exposing more than 83 million records occurred in 2014.  This means that everyone is at risk!  ACCA’s insurance programs are now offering members of its Funds a management portal that can help counties control cyber-related and privacy-related losses.  To find out more, view this  ACCA eRiskHub® fact sheet. Questions? Contact Henry van Arcken at or 334-263-7594.


    Attorneys can earn CLE credits with CGEI

    County attorneys have more opportunities for outstanding professional development tailored for their specialty from the County Government Education Institute, and CLE credit is available for taking three of the courses. “Finance and Revenue” is offered in April, “Legal Primer: County Roads” is scheduled for July, and “Communications and Media Relations” will follow in November. See the 2015 CGEI Schedule for more.


    County Issues at Stake in Washington, D.C.

    Alabama is sending a strong delegation of county leaders to the NACo Legislative Conference that begins later this week, and the state’s elected representatives in our nation’s capital are likely to learn more about key issues such as transportation funding, Secure Rural Schools dollars and the Payment-In-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) program. If you are making the trip, you won’t want to miss the Alabama Delegates’ Caucus and Reception on Sunday or the Alabama Congressional Breakfast on Feb. 24. Questions? Contact Marcia Collier ( or 334-263-7594).


    PALS Spring Clean-up Supplies

    In 2014, the Association of County Engineers of Alabama was recognized by Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) for broad support of the annual spring clean-up. The 2015 event is scheduled for the week of April 18, more information will be coming soon about how counties can support their local citizens who participate in this worthwhile effort.


    Note: The ACCA office will be closed Feb.16 in honor of Presidents Day.


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