Remaining ACCA priority bill signed into law

  • Published: June 10, 2019
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    1. Remaining ACCA priority bill signed into law

    The Association’s remaining ACCA priority bill, HB183 related to the Simplified Sellers Use Tax (SSUT) program, was signed into law last Wednesday by Gov. Kay Ivey. Effective immediately, Act 2019-382 brings Alabama’s SSUT program into compliance with the Supreme Court’s 2018 South Dakota v. Wayfair decision by protecting all eligible sellers from class action lawsuits involving SSUT refunds; providing tax amnesty for tax periods prior to October 1, 2019; and prohibiting SSUT collection on vehicles subject to the State’s 2 percent automobile tax and similar local taxes at the time of registration. Read this new law in its entirety here.

    2. ACCA 91st Convention to feature “can’t miss” agenda

    Mark your calendars, and get ready to pack your bags! The ACCA 91st Convention is just around the corner, and this year’s agenda is shaping up to be one no county leader can miss. What’s on the agenda, you ask? The general sessions will feature:

    • Remarks from Gov. Kay Ivey on passage of the Rebuild Alabama Act
    • Details on counties’ newly-enacted Tier I/Tier II retirement option
    • Legislative insight on impending Alabama prison reform
    • Specific examples on how counties can get involved in the 2020 Census
    • County success stories in dealing with the mental health crisis
    • Details on the nationwide opioid crisis
    • And much more!

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    3. Boards for ACCA Insurance Programs elect new leadership

    The Board of Trustees for the ACCA Self-Funded Insurance Programs each met last week to discuss recent and future improvements to counties’ liability and workers’ compensation insurance pools and to elect new leadership for the coming year. During the Liability Self-Insurance Fund meeting, the Board chose Hale County Probate Judge Arthur Crawford to serve as President for the coming year and Marshall County Commission Chair James Hutcheson as Vice President. As for the Workers’ Compensation Self Insurers Fund, Board Members elected Houston County Commissioner Doug Sinquefield as President and Butler County Engineer Dennis McCall as Vice President. Congratulations to the new leaders of our Insurance Boards — and thank you, in advance, for your dedicated service!

    4. ACCA Liability Fund Members receive $1.25M+ in the mail

    Last week, counties and county-related entities participating in the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund (LSIF) opened their mailboxes to find checks totaling more than $1,252,000 in returned investment earnings. The Board-approved return of investment earnings are based on participation and claims experience, as well as the Safety Incentive Discount Program’s safety award for participating county Fund members. For information on joining the LSIF or its Property Program, contact Henry van Arcken, Director of Insurance Services.

    5. Webinars for Engineers, Administrators resume this month

    Attention, Engineers and Administrators! With the 2019 Legislative Session now behind us, it’s officially time to pick back up on our monthly webinars for Engineers and Administrators. When will these webinars officially resume? The first Engineers webinar is scheduled for this Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m. — and Engineers and their staff are encouraged to register here. The first webinar for Administrators will take place Wednesday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. — and here’s the link for Administrators and their staff to sign up.


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    KEY DATES THIS WEEK

    TUESDAY, JUNE 11 – THURSDAY, JUNE 13
    2019 Alabama Disaster Preparedness Conference

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 – THURSDAY, JUNE 13
    CGEI: Ethics for Public Officials & Employees

    THURSDAY, JUNE 13
    ACEA Monthly Webinar | 10 a.m.

    FRIDAY, JUNE 14
    ACCA LSIF Safety Awards Application Deadline
    NACo Steering Committee Nomination Forms Deadline
    Below 100 Intensive Training

    FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

    NENA Annual Conference & Expo