Monday Memo | April 26

  • Published: April 26, 2021
  • FROM 2 NORTH JACKSON STREET

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    We’re closing in on 30 months of operation by County Risk Services (CRS), the member-managed entity that now provides claims management, underwriting and risk management for Alabama counties’ growing insurance programs. It’s remarkable to think about the changes these programs have undergone in such a short time — and the goals that lie ahead of us. We’re grateful for your confidence, and we’re proud of the level of service, financial strength and growing value that CRS is providing to all counties.


    ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

    This week’s need-to-know information from ACCA

    ACCA priority bill providing relief to county jails becomes law

    HB110 by Rep. Jim Hill and Sen. Greg Albritton is now the sixth ACCA priority bill to become law during the current Legislative Session. Once fully effective on Jan. 1, 2022, Act 2021-249 will help alleviate a number of unintended burdens placed on counties and their jails through the “dips and dunks” process established in 2015. Specifically, the new law will provide overcrowded jails with direct relief from holding the State’s “dunk” inmates, provide reimbursement to counties that choose to house “dunks,” expand housing services by the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, and make the transfer of inmates to State custody more efficient. For a comprehensive overview of the relief to be provided to counties under this new law, click here. To read Act 2021-249 in its entirety, click here.

    “First Mondays” virtual event to take place May 3

    ACCA’s “First Mondays” initiative will return next week to provide county leaders with the information they need to know regarding the latest issues at the federal, state and local levels of government. Scheduled for May 3 at 3 p.m., the virtual event will feature discussions on nationwide infrastructure, fraudulent unemployment claims and summer plans for reuniting the County Family. To register for the upcoming “First Mondays” event, click here.

    Safety, loss prevention training to be provided in Cullman this Thursday

    The ACCA Insurance Funds’ Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) will offer a Safety Coordinator Training course and a Public Officials/Administrative Staff & Supervisors Loss Prevention Training course this Thursday, April 29, in Cullman. Pre-registration is required, and you can click on the relevant class above to register. For questions, contact Marcia Collier, CRS Member Services Coordinator.

    National Work Zone Awareness Week kicks off today

    It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) — which is held every spring to highlight the grave importance of safe, attentive driving and working in highway work zones. This year’s theme is “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.” and from April 26-30, Alabama counties are encouraged to get involved and help spread the word about work zone safety to both county employees and residents. For ideas, as well as tools, to easily get your county involved in NWZAW, click here.


    KEY DATES

    This week’s important ACCA-related events, trainings, deadlines, etc.

    Monday, April 26 – Friday, April 30
    National Work Zone Awareness Week

    Thursday, April 29, 9 a.m.
    SIDP: Safety Coordinator Training | Cullman

    Thursday, April 29, 1 p.m.
    SIDP: Public Officials/Administrative Staff & Supervisors Loss Prevention Training | Cullman