NOW AVAILABLE: 2020 Final Legislative Report outlining new laws impacting county government

  • Published: June 2, 2020
  • County Leaders/Advocates,

    A very unconventional 2020 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature came to its statutorily mandated conclusion on May 18 absent the usual political pandemonium and general public involvement, as well as absent even several legislative members. The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent state and federal safety guidelines forced legislators into an extensive recess midway through the session and shifted the priorities and capabilities of lawmakers in the final days of their 105-day window for legislative action. With this shift came the advancement of only local bills and legislation related to the state’s budgets, essentially deeming all other legislation obsolete for the 2020 Session.

    Despite the limitations and eccentricity of this year’s session, several county priorities advanced through the legislative process and became law thanks to the hard work and dedication of County Advocates across the state. And although the spread of the virus halted the progress of many other county priorities, the promising legislative status of these priorities prior to COVID-19 gives us confidence for positive progression during the next legislative session.

    As for local bills, the deadline has now passed for Gov. Kay Ivey to act on legislation passed in the final days of the session, so any bills that did not receive her signature will not become law this year.

    Outlined in this final legislative report are the new general and local laws impacting county government in some form. Some of the bills in this report will be the subject of discussion during upcoming ACCA educational courses and events. In other cases, the Association staff will provide any necessary details on implementation procedures in the coming weeks. County officials or employees with any questions about the contents of this report are encouraged to contact the ACCA Office at (334) 263-7594.

    The final legislative report of the 2020 Regular Session is divided into the following sections:
        >  County Priorities Signed into Law
        >  New Additional Laws Impacting Counties
        >  New Local Laws & Constitutional Amendments

    Following the format of recent years’ reports, 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 heartfelt thank you to all county officials, employees and affiliate organization members — and especially members of the ACCA 2019-2020 Legislative Committee — who participated in and remained committed to this year’s legislative advocacy efforts during such a tumultuous time for our state.

    View the “Goat Hill Final Report – 2020 Regular Session Edition” here.

    With the utmost gratitude and respect,
    The Association Staff