NOW AVAILABLE: 2019 Final Legislative Report outlining new laws impacting county government

  • Published: June 24, 2019
  • The 2019 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature concluded May 31, nearly three weeks ahead of the constitutionally imposed 105-day deadline. The last week of the session was focused on securing final passage of the general fund and education budgets, as well as several priority bills for House and Senate leadership – including a number of economic development bills and a proposed constitutional amendment to reform governance of the state education system. Among the bills that received passage in the final hours of the session was ACCA priority bill HB183 (SSUT) by Rep. Rod Scott – bringing the total number of county legislative priorities enacted this session to seven.

    The deadline has passed for Gov. Kay Ivey to act on legislation passed during the final week of the session, so any bills that did not receive her signature will not become law this year. 

    The final legislative report linked below outlines the new general and local laws impacting county government in some form. Many of the bills outlined in the report will be the subject of discussion during the ACCA Annual Convention in August. In other cases, the Association staff will provide details on the implementation procedures in the coming weeks. County officials or employees with questions about the contents of this report are encouraged to contact the ACCA Office.

    The final legislative report of the 2019 regular session is divided into the following sections:

        >  2019 ACCA Bills that Have Become Law
        >  New Laws Impacting Counties
        >  Constitutional Amendments Awaiting Public Vote
        >  New Local Laws

    Following the format of last year’s report, this report includes a navigation key to help direct county leaders to the bills that might be of interest to them, based on their affiliate organization membership and broader role in county government. However, everyone is encouraged to review this report in its entirety because each new law is likely to have some sort of impact on local government operations.

    The Association staff would like to extend a profound thank you to all county officials, employees and affiliate organization members who participated in this year’s legislative advocacy efforts. 

    View the “Goat Hill Final Report – 2019 Edition” here.