Monday Memo | November 8

  • Published: November 8, 2021
  • FROM 2 NORTH JACKSON STREET

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    Talk about “pressing reset”! Last week there were three on-site meetings at 2 North Jackson Street – insurance boards of trustees on Wednesday and Thursday and county administrators on Friday. At the same time, a county reached out to us about a COVID spike in the engineering department that infected many workers. It is important that we “reset” our activities, but with a continued emphasis on safety!


    ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

    County Family to come together at Legislative Conference

    We look forward to welcoming all members of the County Family when we come together on December 8-9 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel for the Association’s annual Legislative Conference. The conference will provide all members with an excellent chance to discuss policy issues as a family.

    We strongly encourage members of the County Family to register for the conference by clicking here. Members can view the agenda for the Legislative Conference here.

    Counties not considered “employers” under new OSHA regulation

    A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation has gone into effect that requires certain large employers subject to OSHA either to (1) mandate COVID-19 vaccinations among their employees or (2) test their employees for COVID-19 each week. Several of you have asked whether Alabama counties are considered “employers” under the new OSHA regulation. The answer is no. OSHA does not regulate political subdivisions of a state unless the state opts into having an OSHA-approved plan.

    Other federal regulations require that certain federal contractors and healthcare workers get vaccinated against COVID-19. These regulations will likely not affect most county officials and employees. Jamie Kidd Frawley of Webb McNeill Walker PC is looking further into these regulations’ impact on Alabama county government. She will be sharing her guidance with the County Family soon.

    Alabama Legislature passes four bills in second special session

    The Alabama Legislature’s second special session concluded last Thursday night, November 4, when state legislators approved the statewide reapportionment of district seats for the U.S. Congress, Alabama House of Representatives, Alabama Senate and Alabama School Boards. Lawmakers also passed two pieces of vaccine-based legislation. All bills passed during the special session were signed by the governor by the end of last week. 

    Counties should expect to receive updated maps from the Secretary of State’s office in the coming days. For more information about the progress made during the recent special session, click here.

    District Meetings conclude this week in Central Alabama

    District Meetings will close this week in Central Alabama, with meetings in Elmore and Tuscaloosa Counties, respectively. We thank each member of the County Family who has attended a meeting so far and look forward to seeing more family members at our meetings this week. We strongly encourage those who have not had the opportunity to attend a district meeting to register by clicking on the corresponding link below.



    November 9 – Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, Elmore County


    November 10 – Alabama Cooperative Extension System Auditorium, Tuscaloosa County

    Rescue plan funds liable to Alabama constitutional restrictions

    Attorney General Steve Marshall has issued an official opinion stating that Alabama’s constitutional restrictions on the expenditure of public funds shall be applied to the expenditure of the fiscal recovery funds available through the American Rescue Plan Act. Although this opinion has been anticipated for several months, the Association is advising counties to closely review the language because its contents will be utilized by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts in conducting the single audit.

    To view the opinion, click here.

    ACCA offices closed for Veterans Day

    The ACCA offices will be closed Thursday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. The Association offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 12.


    IN THE MEDIA

    A collection of news stories impacting and/or featuring the County Family

    Gov. Ivey signs off on Alabama congressional, legislative, SBOE maps for 2022


    KEY DATES

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

    Tuesday, November 9, 6 p.m.
    District Meeting #5 – Elmore County

    Wednesday, November 10, 6 p.m.
    District Meeting #6 – Tuscaloosa County

    Thursday, November 11
    ACCA offices closed in observance of Veterans Day