County Commission | The Magazine August 2018 - Page 28

FROM THE COVER Convention training designed for you T raining and professional development are essential elements of the ACCA Annual Convention, and this year’s agenda is no exception. Many sessions are focused on implementation of new laws, and others will address hot topics that county leaders are navigating right now. A few topics set to be addressed are: • Remote Sellers, Alabama’s Simplified Sellers Use Tax Program & Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision • Dangerous Dogs/Emily’s Law • 2018 revisions to the Alabama Ethics Law • 2018 changes to the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts • Single Point of Filing for Motor Fuel Taxes • Wholesale to Retail Accountability Program Update • 9-1-1 Dispatchers & CPR Training Note: Continuing education units (CEUs) are available to participants in many of the certification programs designed for commissioners and county employees. Greater impact than ever before When I was first elected, county commissioners were road commissioners. The most important issue in government seemed to be potholes. That is not the case today. Today, diversification within county government is obvious. The professionalism and level of service provided by county government, i.e., economic development and quality of life issues, have increased, along with its level of importance, and are more impactful. County government, with its ever-growing responsibilities, has a greater impact than ever before on our local communities and state. Hon. Hardy McCollum 1995-1996 ACCA President Tuscaloosa County 28 | COUNTY COMMISSION In Case You Missed It: Do you have a question about legislation impacting counties from this year’s Regular Session? Take a look at the Goat Hill 2018 Final Report www.alabamacounties.org/legislation/legislative-reports. n © iQoncept – stock.adobe.com