The Week Ahead | April 8-12

  • Published: April 8, 2024
  • County Advocacy Days continue on April 9, 23, and 30. We have several counties who have not yet attended or registered for these vitally important legislative opportunities. This week, lawmakers are scheduled to take up legislation on issues involving local property tax revenue and SSUT funding. It’s never been a more important time to have every county represented. Each County Advocacy Day begins with a legislative briefing by ACCA staff and includes lunch, then an afternoon spent at the state house as we promote county legislative priorities with ONE voice.

    If you have not signed up to attend, please do so through the Events/Education tab in the online community, by emailing registration, or by calling the ACCA office at 334-263-7594. 

    Last week ACCA and several legislative stakeholders hosted a press conference at the State House to promote a mental health bill that will improve access to mental health care in the state. State Sen. Will Barfoot and Rep. Russell Bedsole are sponsoring the legislation (SB 240 and HB 359), which has its roots in a year-long passion project of ACCA’s PLAN 2024 leadership group. The legislation’s goal is to keep people with mental illnesses out of jails and emergency rooms and help place them in facilities where they can receive treatment. The legislation would use opioid settlement money to fund treatment for people who are facing mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders; provide resources for mental health care in jails across the state; and give local judges support to help people with mental illnesses who come through their courts.

    Two CGEI classes are meeting this week: Legal Primer – Public Roads and CROAA Update. The 2024 schedule of remaining CGEI classes can be found here. For any questions regarding registration, certification, or classes, please contact ACCA Registration.

      IAC will be collecting and uploading the latest documentation for obligations and expenditures through March 31, 2024. IAC will also be preparing updated project lists to send out for each county’s review for accuracy against its financial records.

      Registration continues for the 96th Annual Convention on August 20-22 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. You can register to attend herePlease note that you will not receive a link to book overnight accommodations until you have registered. All reservations must be made through the room block link .You will receive the link in your confirmation email upon registering to attend. If you need assistance registering yourself or someone else, please contact the ACCA Education and Events Team.

      If you are unable to attend and need to cancel your room reservation, please reach out to ACCA and not the Perdido Beach Resort. That way we can ensure that your room goes to another member of the County Family.

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