County Commission | The Magazine August 2018 - Page 24

FROM THE COVER legislation on many routine administrative functions and reduced the likelihood that a local constitutional amendment would be put to a statewide referendum. “We have been very effective over these last four years,” said ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield. “Because of the collective efforts of all 67 counties, new laws are on the books that positively impact how counties serve the public on a daily basis. We’ve also made a difference defensively; some things we opposed did not pass, and others were modified to minimize harm at the local level.” All 140 seats in the Legislature are up for election this year, and in many districts, it is not yet known who will cast votes in the Statehouse next year. Nevertheless, county preparations are well underway for the 2019 session, with a representative being selected from each county for the ACCA Legislative Committee. Committee members have at least two big projects ahead of them: the once-a-quadrennium task of reviewing the County Platform and its Foundation Principles and bringing home a victory next year on increased road and bridge funding. n SCENIC A Free Brochure Featuring Nine Breathtaking Routes in North Alabama. TM 800.648.5381 • ALABAMA MOUNTAIN LAKES TOURIST ASSOCIATION 24 | COUNTY COMMISSION ALCounties Tweet about #ALpolitics – a lot! During the Regular Session this year, Twitter was the scene of a little friendly contest among ACCA members. It wasn’t many weeks into the session before ACCA staff started hearing comments at the Statehouse about “counties taking over Twitter.” Altogether, counties generated 2,285 tweets and retweets before lawmakers adjourned for the year. Contest winners will be announced at the Annual Convention. There will be recognition of the counties with the most tweets and some special awards in additional categories.