Week of Oct. 21, 2013

  • Published: October 21, 2013
  • Stellar line-up for ACCA Legislative Conference
    It’s never too soon to register for the ACCA Legislative Conference, which falls on Dec. 4-5 this year. Check out this list of confirmed speakers for the opening general session: Gov. Robert Bentley, Secretary of State Jim Bennett on recent election changes, Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier on the new consolidated state law enforcement agency, State Sen. Cam Ward on the state prison system and Dr. James Cover from the University of Alabama on opportunities for new dollars for transportation.

    Free training for county law enforcement
    The driving simulator was just the beginning of the ACCA Self-Insurance Funds’ efforts to help improve driver safety. The latest is another free safety training designed to help deputies know how to safely pass through intersections in emergency situations. Called the Emergency Vehicle Operators Course, the course is a 45-minute online tutorial. Participants will not be required to travel to a central location — they can complete the course at any computer with internet access. To register, email Henry van Arcken. 

    Changes to inmate telephone fees
    The Federal Communications Commission has set rates for debit, prepaid, and collect interstate calls.  The rates are capped at 21 cents per minute for debit and prepaid calls, and 25 cents per minute for collect interstate calls. This will have some bearing on counties but not much. However, the FCC is seeking additional information on intrastate inmate calls at this time, and counties should participate by providing information. The FCC believes it will reach the same conclusion as it has with the interstate calls. NACo has adopted a resolution supporting the ability of county jails to recover the cost of providing inmate calling services. NACo is following this issue and will keep us posted.

    New help with grants
    NACo recently launched a significant upgrade to the NACo Grants Clearinghouse, featuring listings updated daily in real-time, enhanced search options, and better mobile device compatibility.  Demonstrating a significant increase in content, you’ll find nearly 1,000 federal, state, corporate and foundation grants available to counties and community-based organizations.  

    E-Verify back online
    With the federal government back in operation again, E-Verify is operational again. For any new hires made during the shutdown, counties should follow up to make sure this step is completed satisfactorily.