Legislative Contacts | Hot 5

  • Published: December 28, 2015

    This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    1. Sometimes It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know

    One of the most powerful tools for influencing the legislative process comes into play when county officials and employees have special relationships with a member or members of the House or Senate. History tells us that these close ties – from family connections or growing up together — do not necessarily follow district lines. With the session just a few weeks away, please help ACCA update the lists of volunteers who are willing to contact their friends in the legislature by completing this brief 3-question Legislative Contacts Online Survey. Questions? Contact Terri Sharpley Reynolds (334-263-7594 or treynolds@alabamacounties.org).


    2. DRIVE-Along County Road Tours

    Before the holidays, the Association staff called on each county to invite its local legislative delegation to participate in a County Road Tour as part of the DRIVE Alabama campaign. County leaders are urged to set a date for those tours as soon as possible – anytime between Monday, Jan. 4, and Friday, Jan. 29. Please email the date to Terri Reynolds (treynolds@alabamacounties.org) as soon as possible. She will then assist you with sending invitations to legislators and connecting with local media.

    As you know, Chambers and Lee counties held their road tours earlier this month as part of the ACCA Legislative Conference. Linked below are the informational documents that were prepared as handouts for  those road tours, along with some general tips on preparing your tour. Josh Harvill (Chambers) and Justin Hardee (Lee) are also available to answer any questions you might have as you prepare for the DRIVE-Along County Road Tour.

    DRIVE-Along County Road Tours Tips & Handouts


    3. Chambers County Commissioner Featured by NACo

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently put the spotlight on Chambers County Commissioner Debbie Wood, who is a past president of ACCA and a current member of the NACo board. It is clear she appreciates the value of a unified county voice at both the state and national levels, and she also shares some personal glimpses that underscore her commitment to county government. NACo Profile in Service Debbie Wood 


    4. After-Christmas Bargains

    If you are looking at the last few days on the 2015 calendar, that means there are just a few days left to make purchases at the 2015 prices of the County Joint Bid Program. As is usually the case, there are price increases on many items. For your convenience, a 2016 price list is available for comparisons. The 2015 prices for heavy equipment, herbicides and road signs are in effect through 12/31. Questions? Contact Chase Cobb (334-263-7594 or ccobb@alabamacounties.org).


    5. Road Supervisors Training: Hotel Deadline is This Week

    Counties have once again responded ably and admirably to road and bridge emergencies caused by severe weather, and it would be a mistake to overlook the major contributions of leaders within the road department staff. Many counties are planning to participate in the upcoming Road Supervisors Training to further strengthen capabilities of lead operators, crew supervisors, foremen, road superintendents and others. The class is Feb. 1-2 in Prattville, with training at the Marriott Legends. This Friday is the last day to reserve a hotel room at the Marriott at the group rate of $123. You may call the Marriott Legends at 1-800-468-3571 to make a reservation.


    Notice: The ACCA office will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, for the New Year’s Day holiday.


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