County Commission | The Magazine August 2018 - Page 35

NEWS YOU CAN USE Speaking with One Voice This year, the Alabama Legislature established several new working groups to dive into thorny issues and make recommendations. And, once again, the county voice is formally included on key panels, making sure county leaders will be “at the table” for important discussion. Each person’s willingness to serve all 67 counties and represent One Voice is greatly appreciated. Here’s a rundown of recent Association appointments: Expanded by: Act 2018-469 by Rep. Paul Lee Focus: Implementing Single Point of Filing System for Motor Fuel Taxes Task: Review the design and operation of the system and make recommendations to the state revenue commissioner regarding system requirements and functionality County Representatives: Kim Creech, Clerk/Treasurer, Baldwin County Terisa Lang, Deputy Director of Sales Tax Dept., Madison County Darrick Williams, Senior Auditor, Jefferson County Expanded by: Act 2018-207 by Rep. Jack D. Williams Focus: Combatting human trafficking with a comprehensive response, coordinating victims’ services, focusing prevention efforts and developing legislation Task: Submit an annual report of findings and recommendations on or before January 1 County Representative: Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, Mobile County Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund Advisory Committee Code of Ethics Reform and Clarification Commission Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force Local Fuel Tax Advisory Committee Created by: Act 2018-161 by Sen. Rodger Smitherman Focus: New trust fund established to increase public transportation options across the state Task: Advise the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs on the administration of the fund and making of awards County Representative: TBA Created by: Act 2018-431 by Sen. Arthur Orr Focus: Studying and making recommendations to reform and clarify the Code of Ethics Task: Report findings and recommendations to the Legislature by the first day of the 2019 Regular Session County Representative: Sonny Brasfield, ACCA Executive Director COUNTY COMMISSION | 35