State-Supported, Federally-Funded Improvements to Counties

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of legislation to:

Invest State dollars provided through the American Rescue Plan Act toward improvements in the counties that lost a total of $26 million under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act of 2020.

Investment of Local Government Funds

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of SB178 by Sen. Sam Givhan & Rep. Danny Garrett to:

Allow maximization of local dollars by updating and expanding the investment authorities of local governments to allow for non-obligated funds to be invested in better yielding, yet secure, financial opportunities.

Enacted: Act 2022-146

Maximization of Local ARPA Funds

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of legislation to:

Establish a State of Alabama matching program enabling local governments to maximize their American Rescue Plan Act allocations and subsequently maximize the benefit to Alabama citizens to implement much-needed initiatives and projects approved by U.S. Department of the Treasury guidelines.

Expansion of Broadband Access

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of legislation by SB125 Sen. Clay Scofield & HB255 Rep. Randall Shedd to:

Allow for the creation of local programs that facilitate the expansion of high-speed internet broadband services in the underserved unincorporated areas of counties.

Enacted: Act 2022-117

Improvements to Voter Registration Management

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of SB60 by Sen. Bobby Singleton & HB101 by Rep. Barbara Drummond to:

Reform the current Board of Registrars system to ensure appointments fairly reflect the demographic makeup of each county.

Reimbursement of County Care for State Inmates

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of a General Fund Budget to:

Retroactively reimburse counties for their extended care of State-responsible inmates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enacted: Act 2022-1

Alternatives to Mental Illness Incarcerations

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of HB70 by Rep. Rex Reynolds & Sen. Rodger Smitherman to:

Grant approved law enforcement officers the authority to connect an individual believed to be suffering from mental illness and posing an immediate threat to the public with necessary evaluation and treatment by a professional medical facility.

Enacted: Act 2022-202

Recognition of County Public Safety Employees

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of HB3 by Rep. Allen Treadaway & Sen. Shay Shelnutt to:

Recognize the essential role emergency management personnel and public safety telecommunicators play in public safety response.

Enacted: Act 2022-187

State-Local Collaboration on Tax Administration Procedures

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of legislation to:

Establish workable solutions between local officials and the Alabama Department of Revenue to ensure the application of efficient and effective tax administration processes and procedures at the local level.

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of HB77 by Rep. Kerry Rich and Sen. Donnie Chesteen to:

Authorize county tax assessing officials to act in their own names and in the capacity of their office in property valuations appealed from the county Board of Equalization.

Enacted: Act 2022-183

Online Auction of County Tax Liens

Alabama’s Counties request the State Legislature’s support of HB371 by Rep. Corley Ellis & Sen. Jack Williams to:

Allow for more widespread and safer participation in county tax lien auctions by granting county tax officials the authority to conduct these auctions either online or in person, with current law only providing for in-person auctions.

Enacted: Act 2022-208

Enhanced Retirement Benefits for ERS Members

Allow the full retirement benefits for a retirement-eligible member of the Employees’ Retirement System to be passed along to the member’s spouse, should the member die while still in active service.

Enacted: Act 2022-184

Economic Development Updates to Amendment 772

By Rep. Jeff Sorrells & Sen. Steve Livingston

Enacted: Act 2022-286

Virtual Court Hearings

By Sen. Will Barfoot and Rep. Jim Hill

Enacted: Act 2022-375