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Policy Section for Commissioners


The ACCG Policy Center serves as a resource for all of your ACCG policy needs. From bringing you the most up to date facts on key county issues through our legislative tracking database to providing information relating to our seven policy committees, this resource center has it all. Please explore this page to find everything that you need to be involved in the ACCG policy process.
Policy Tracking

County Legislative Advocacy Calendar: County Commissioner's Monthly Advocacy Tasks

January: Review ACCG’s Legislative Session

  • Legislative Session Update weekly (as well as ACCG database and Capitol Impact if you use them) for new legislation.
  • Share staff comments with commissioners, ACCG and your legislative delegation to explain your county’s position on proposed legislation.
  • Assign bills to appropriate county staff for review and comments.
  • Begin a monitoring report on legislation and potential county impacts.
  • Have respective county staff pre-approved by the BOC to speak with legislators on bills, or to possibly testify at the Capitol.
  • Review ACCG’s Legislative Update weekly for bills that are progressing and/or have been amended.
  • Note which bills are progressing and make sure that you are aware if they have been amended.
  • Ensure that county staff is working off of the latest version of each bill.
  • If possible, attend ACCG’s weekly county lobbyist/ legislative liaison meeting at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (every Thursday or Friday).
  • Brief commissioners on the bills impacting your county at each commission meeting.
  • Ask your commissioners to take positions and contact their legislators to share thoughts on pending legislation.
  • Talk to your legislators regarding your county’s position on pending legislation.
  • Encourage commissioners or county staff to visit their legislators at the Capitol.
  • Coordinate this meeting so that commissioners can attend important legislative hearings and testify, if appropriate.
  • If your county’s legislative delegation regularly meets at Capitol, attend that meeting.
  • See if a commissioner or other county staff member can speak and share the county’s perspective on an issue and answer any questions that legislators may have.
  • Update your county’s legislative agenda and monitoring report as appropriate.
  • If a bill emerges that your county has great concerns with or greatly supports, it may become a new legislative priority.

February: Attend ACCG’s Capitol Connection Conference in Atlanta

  • Follow the Legislative Session
  • Perform all tasks listed in January

March: Follow the Legislative Session
Perform all tasks listed in January

April: Wrap up of Legislative Session
  • If legislative session edns before the end of April, see responsiblities list for May.
  • Perform all tasks listed in January.
April - May: Attend ACCG’s Annual Meeting.
  • ACCG policy staff will be on hand to summarize the session, the status of bills, and answer any questions on legislation.
May: Review and monitor vetoed and signed bills
  • Within one week following the end of legislative session, review ACCG’s Final Legislative Update.
  • Routinely monitor the Governor’s website to see which bills have been signed or vetoed.
  • Update county commissioners and staff accordingly. Encourage commissioners tocommunicate regularly with legislators.
  • Start finalizing your monitoring report on bills that have become laws and the impact on the county. This report should contain all the bills that your county tracked.

June - July: Following the Governor’s 40-day period to sign or veto bills, compile your final legislative report.

  • This report should track new laws’ effective dates, the anticipated impact they have on each respective county department, and estimate steps that commissioners must take to comply with new laws.
  • Again, work with county financial staff to determine fiscal impact.
  • Present final legislative report to county commissioners and staff at a work session or commission meeting.
  • This report should include the status of the county’s agenda as well as any other bills impacting the county. It should also make recommendations on next for the commissioners’ consideration.
  • Attend ACCG committee meetings and provide your county’s input for ACCG’s policy platform.
  • Committees will discuss recently-passed legislation as well as bills that failed. This is where ACCG begins planning its policies for the next legislative session.
  • Encourage commissioners to communicate regularly with legislators.

August: Attend ACCG committee meetings

  • Provide your county’s input for ACCG’s policy platform.
  • Encourage commissioners to communicate regularly with legislators.

August - September: Begin drafting your county’s legislative agenda for next legislative session.

  • Use the prior session’s agenda as a base and update it where appropriate, particularly if it is the second year of the General Assembly’s biennial schedule.
  • Present draft agenda to the BOC and county manager/administrator for feedback.
  • If appropriate, solicit city and constitutional officer feedback on draft agenda.
  • Encourage commissioners to communicate regularly with legislators.

September - October: Finalize your county’s legislative agenda for the next session.

  • Using the county’s legislative agenda, develop a resolution for commissioners supporting the county’s legislative agenda.
  • Recommend that the commissioners adopt the resolution(s).
  • Schedule an October or November date and location for the county to meet with its legislative delegation to discuss the county’s agenda.
  • Invite legislators to attend the October meeting and, if appropriate, invite cities, other county officers and the media to participate.
  • If a quorum of your board attends, this meeting will be subject to Georgia’s open meetings requirements.
  • Develop draft agenda for legislative delegation meeting and organize presenters.
  • Attend ACCG’s Fall Legislative Leadership Conference.
  • Encourage commissioners to communicate regularly with legislators.
  • Find legislative sponsors for any proactive legislation the county may have.
  • Work with ACCG policy staff to help find sponsors for your county’s legislation, or any ACCG policy priorities, if appropriate.

November: Hold a pre-session meeting with legislative delegation

  • Share county's legislative agenda.
  • Allow ample opportynoty for legislators to speak on the county's agenda.
  • Feel free to invite ACCG policy staff to attend and serve as a resource, if needed.
  • If appropriate, send out a press release and have media talking points prepared for any commissioners’ media interviews.
  • Find legislative sponsors for any proactive legislation the county may have.
  • Work with ACCG policy staff to help find sponsors for your county’s legislation, or any ACCG policy priorities, if appropriate.
  • Encourage commissioners to communicate regularly with legislators.
  • Assemble contact information of any current or newly-elected legislators. Distribute to commissioners and key county staff.
  • In addition to legislators’ contact information at the Capitol, personal e-mail addresses and phone numbers should be gathered.

December: Begin tracking any pre-filed legislation

  • Have regular communications with your legislators to discuss the county’s agenda or other issues expected to be addressed in the upcoming legislative session.


 
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