Capitol Connection Newsletter

Recognizing that legislative advocacy is a year-round process, the Capitol Connection newsletter is produced to keep county officials informed about policy issues in the months when the General Assembly is not in session.  During the legislative session, ACCG distributes weekly Legislative Updates.  To receive either of these electronic publications, please send an email to ACCG Communications Manager Schuyler Harding at
2016 Capitol Connection E-News
Save the Date
2017 District Days and Newly Elected Commissioners Day at the Capitol – Register Today!
Legislative Session Begins January 9: Review Your Toolkit to Get Prepared
ACCG Computing County Official Salary Guide for 2017
GSU and ACCG Publications Examine Georgia’s “Shrinking Tax Base”
NACo Releases New Study on County Mandates and Revenue Limitations
State News
Reminder: Immigration Reports Due December 31
Free Peach Pass for Emergency Vehicles
State Tax Credit Program for Rural Healthcare
Federal News
Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule
NACo Helps Counties Urge Congress to Pass Remote Sales Tax Legislation
HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool
County Platform
2017-2018 Final County Platform Now Available
Register for the 2016 Fall District Meetings
Time to Update the CLC Network
COUNTY ACTION NEEDED: Register to Receive DOR Notification of "Significant" Sales Tax Refund Claims
ACCG Seeks County COmmissioners to Serve on DCA's Annexation Dispute Resolution Panels
2017 State Revolving Fund Solicitation Period
Additional News
SRTA Emergency Accounts
County Finances Progress Despite Adversity
Fall Meetings
2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Now Two Weeks Away – Register Soon!
Reminder: Appoint Your Voting Delegate
Save the Date for 2016 District Meetings
Legislative Updates
ACCG Policy Council Recommends Platform, Agenda, and Legislative Priorities for 2017
Time to Update CLC Network
Federal News
New Federal Oversight Arriving for Local Transit Systems
DOJ Website Accessibility Rule Comment Period Extended
Environmental News
GA EPD Declares Level 1 Drought
Reminder - Apply for Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant
Court Rulings
Ga. Supreme Court Rules that Exclusion of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from Property Tax Valuation is Unconstitutional
Second Round of ACCG Policy Committee Meetings Underway
Registration Now Open for the 2016 Legislative Leadership Conference
Save the Date:  2016 District Meetings
SPOLST Guide is Available
DOR Changes to 2016 Tax Digest Submission Manual
New Report of Local Government Finances Form Released
FY 2017 Rural Georgia and Suburban Transit Service Directory Now Available
Grants and Training Opportunities
GAEPD Grant Opportunities
GEFA to Host Free Workshop on Biogas Technical Assistance Program
Federal News
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Proposes New Website Accessibility Rules
Register for the Second Round of ACCG Policy Committee Meetings
EPD Proposes Amendments to Coal Combustion Residuals
Deal Announces $75 Million in State Transit Awards
EPD Proposes Amendments Pertaining to Yard Trimmings
Receiving Notification of "Significant" Sales Tax Refund Claims
News You Can Use
NACo Releases Analysis on "Overtime Rule" for County Officials
2015 Georgia Land Conservation Annual Report
State News and Policy
Sixty-Seven Bills Go into Effect on July 1 that Impact County Government
New Provisions on Property Tax Penalties and Interest to Take Effect July 1
2017 County Budget News:  COLAs and Longevity Increases
Georgia EPD Proposes New Regulations on Dam Safety
State DOR Working to Streamline Alcohol Licensing
Federal News and Policy
Propsepctive EPA Rules to Have Huge Impact on Counties with Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Register for NACo Virtual Town Hall Series on the Opiod Crisis
Reporting Requirements
DCA Wage and Salary Survey Due this Month
Annual CVIOG County Budget and Audit Submission Requirements
County Facts 
2014 Summary of County Revenues and Expenditures
Local Sales Tax Map By County

Register for ACCG Policy Committee Meetings

ACCG Final Legislative Update Now Available

Gov. Deal’s Veto Messages

GASB 77 Webinars Available on ACCG Website

U.S. Department of Labor Releases New Overtime Pay Rule

The Public Private Facilities and Infrastructure Guidelines Committee Seeking Comment

Georgia EPD Offers Training for Online Services

Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement Program

Updates to GDOT MS4 Process

Federal News:  2016 NACo Resolutions Process Begins

2015 Capitol Connection E-News
Registration Now Open for 2016 District Days at the Capitol
Stay Informed and Engaged:  Appoint or Confirm Your CLC!
Reminder:  2015 Immigration Report Due at the End of the Month
Annual SPLOST Reports Also Due on December 31
ACCG Computing County Official Salary Guide for 2016 Now Available
Time to Set Qualifying Fees for 2016 Election
Update on DOR’s BOTSS Program
Federal FAST Act is Signed into Law
2015 Georgia Brownfield Seminar-Call for Abstracts
Senate Committee on Assignments Announces New Chairmanships
Registration Now Open for 2016 District Days at the Capitol
Stay Informed and Engaged:  Appoint or Confirm Your CLC!
2015 Immigration Report Due Next Month
Annual SPLOST Reports Due on December 31
GEFA 2016 State Revolving Fund Solicitation
SRTA Accepting Applications for Transit Capital Funding Program
ACCG Legislative Committee Webpage
HB 192 – County Purchasing and Credit Card Agreement Mandate
RFP for Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grants
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Grants Available
GDOT ACECGA Presentation Available
Georgia EPD to Host Training for Online Permitting Systems
2015 – 2016 Amended County Platform Available
2015 Fall District Meetings Less Than Two Weeks Away
Stay Informed and Engaged:  Appoint or Confirm Your CLC!
House Study Committee on Annexation, Deannexation and Incorporation Concludes
2015 Georgia Transportation Summit
U.S. Court of Appeals Stays “Waters of the U.S.” Rule
Sen. Ross Tolleson Announces Retirement
Registration for 2015 Fall District Meetings Now Available
Reminder:  Appoint Your County Voting Delegate by Friday, September 25
P3 Summit to be Held in Atlanta/Fulton County
GA Board of Natural Resources Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Changes to Dam Safety Rules
Georgia EPD Accepting Applications for Non-Point Source Implementation Grants
Reminder:  GTIB Grants Available
Counties Respond to Court Decision to Temporarily Block “Waters of the U.S.” Rule
2015 Legislative Leadership Conference Brings Key Leaders to Jekyll
GASB Issues New Requirements on Disclosing Tax Abatements
ACCG Policy Committee Meetings are in Full Swing
Save the Date for Fall District Meetings
Department of Revenue to Host Regional Meetings Beginning in September
Counties Receive New Alternative Ad Valorem Tax (AAVT), aka IRP, from DOR
Georgia EPD Offers Training on New Electronic Permit System
State Funds Available to Clean Up Scrap Tire Dumps
Georgia EPD Accepting Applications for FY16 Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants
GTIB Grants Available
Time to Update the CLC Network
Boards of Equalization and Appeals Course Available Online
New Local Government Financial Portal
Don’t Forget! Save the Date for Policy Committee Meetings
Register for the 2015 Legislative Leadership Conference
ACCG Webinar on Cell Tower Siting Set for August 4
Georgia DNR Board Adopts New Drought Management and Water Efficiency Rules
Georgia Supreme Court Rules on Marshland Buffers
Register for the 10th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Overtime Regulations
Georgia Association of EMS Accepting First Responder Grant Applications
Lowndes County Superior Court Reaches Decision on Section 42 Valuations
Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council Proposed Rules
2015 Legislative Leadership Conference Moves to Jekyll Island
Save the Date for Policy Committee Meetings
Waters of the U.S. Rule Announced
Georgia Supreme Court Rules on Marshland Buffers
Grant Information from Austin Scott’s Meeting
Propose Rule Changes from the Georgia Department of Revenue
Georgia Forestry Commission Holds Public Period for Updated Timber Harvesting Activity Form
Revised Impact Analysis on HB 170, 2015 Transportation Funding Act
Department of Revenue Releases Prepaid Local Motor Fuel Tax Bulletin
Jay Roberts Appointed to Serve as GDOT Planning Director
State Rep. Christian Coomer Named House Transportation Committee Chair
2015 Wage and Salary Survey
ACCG Webinar on Cell Tower Siting Set for August 4
2015 Policy Committee Issues Survey
ACCG and GMA Release Joint Comments on EPF Drought Rules
Georgia DOR Accepting Comments on Proposed Rule Changes to GATE Program
Final Legislative Update Available for Review
NACo Calls on congress to Repeal Excise Tax on Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
Top Four Juvenile Courts Recognized
Bureau of Justice Assistance Body-Worn Camera Project
Telehealth Grant Opportunity
Congressman Austin Scott to Host Grant Workshops in Houston and Lowndes Counties
2014 Capitol Connection E-News
Don’t Forget to Register for District Days at the Capitol
REMINDER:  Immigration Reports Due on December 31
Annual SPLOST Reports Also Due before December 31
Update on Ethics Disclosure Reports and Upcoming Deadlines
ACCG Friday Legislative Meetings
2015 Legislative Session is One Month Away:  Stay Connected, Informed, and Engaged!
Remember to Update Your County’s CLC
Eastern Federal Lands Access Program Call for Projects Alert
Deadline to Apply for the Rural Health Network Development Program Approaching Soon
NACo News:  CROmnibus Bill Includes Some Victory for Counties
Get Ready for the ACCG District Days at the Capitol
CLC Network Update
2014 Immigration Reports Due in One Month
NACo Urges Withdrawal and Clarification of “Waters of the U.S.” Proposal
2015 Computing County Officials Salary Guide Now Available
ORHP Funding Opportunity:  Rural Health Network Planning Program
NACo Issues Update on PILT Program:  Action Needed
Rep. Lynne Riley Appointed to State Revenue Commissioner
2014 Fall District Meetings Are Two Weeks Away!
Time to Designate Your County Legislative Coordinator
2015-2016 Final County Platform Available for Review
Get Ready to File Your 2014 Immigration Report
Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Programs RFP
ACCG Introduces “Legislative Series on Local Government”
GDOT Transportation Plan Survey Available
NACo Launches Comprehensive PILT Action Center
Register for the 2014 Legislative Leadership Conference
EPD Proposes Significant Revisions to Georgia's Drought Management Rule
Save the Date for Fall District Meetings
ACCG Policy Council to Consider 2015-2016 Draft County Platform
ACCG Provides Updated Grants and Revenue Reference Guides
Georgia Attorney General Answers Questions Regarding the Omnibus Gun Bill of 2014 (HB 60)
Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding Holding Meetings Around the State
Boards of Equalization Training Now Offered Online
Second Round of Policy Committee Meetings Begin Next Week
Please Review:  Draft ACCG Policy Platforms
EPA Definition Change of "Waters of the U.S.":  Possible County Impacts
NACo Legislative Update: Marketplace Fairness Act and Internet Tax Freedom Act
EPD Proposes Significant Revisions to Georgia's Drought Management Rule
Joint Study Committee on Transportation Infrastructure Funding Announced
ACCG Policy Staff to Deliver Update at 2014 Legislative Leadership Conference
Time to Appoint Your County's Voting Delegate
Get Ready for the Second Round of Summer Policy Committee Meetings
2014 PILT Payments Announced
DCA's Population Estimates May Impact 2015 County Official Salaries
One Percent COLA for County Officials Not Effective Until January 1, 2015
U.S. Senate Passes Highway Trust Fund Bill
NACo Introduces New Web Page on "Waters of the U.S." Rule
Lt. Governor Cagle Announces Study Committee Appointments
New, Improved Version of the Ready Georgia Mobile App Now Available
2014 Final Legislative Update Available to Counties
Reminder:  Boat Dealer Inventory Exemption Now Expired
Save the Date for Second Round of Summer Policy Committee Meetings
Budget News:  2015 COLA Calculated for County Elected Officials
House Bill 60- The Safe Carry Protection Act
Updating Georgia’s Drought Management Rule
ACCG Sub-Committee Meetings
House and Senate Study Committees Announced
2013 Capitol Connection E-News
Be Sure to Register for the 2014 ACCG Capitol Connection Conference
Immigration Report Due by December 31
Time to Set Qualifying Fees for 2014 Elections
REMINDER:  Publish Your Annual SPLOST Report before December 31
No 2014 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for County Elected Officials
REMINDER:  Campaign Disclosure Reports Due January 31
Register Now for the 2014 ACCG Capitol Connection Conference
The 2014 General Assembly is Two Months Away- Designate Your County Legislative Coordinator
New Information on Immigration Report Format Available on the DOAA Website
Publish Your Annual SPLOST Report Before December 31
Have You Checked Your TAVT Distribution Formula?
Tips to Help Your County Prepare for the 2014 Legislative Session
ACCG Ethics Webinar for Elected Officials – November 13
ACCG Immigration Webinar on Reporting Requirements and New Reporting System – November 18
New Information on Immigration Report Format Available on the DOAA Website
9-1-1 Prepaid Wireless Distribution Released
Learn How the New Title Ad Valorem Tax is Impacting Local Revenues for Your County
ACCG Legislative Priority Briefs Now Available
Designate Your County Legislative Coordinator for 2014
IMLA to Host Conference for Lawyers and Code Enforcement Officials
2013 Legislative Leadership Conference is Two Weeks Away!
Register Now for Fall District Meetings
ACCG to Host Local Sales Tax Revenue Forum for Legislators and County Officials on Oct. 17
Ethics Webinar Training for Elected Officials Set for November 13
Start Preparing for the 2014 Legislative Session
EMAC Overview for City and County Officials
Ordering Information:  Courthouse Canvas Artwork/Centennial Hall of Courthouses
Please Review 2013-2014 Amended County Platform
Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 Legislative Leadership Conference
Appoint Your County Voting Delegate
Registration Now Available for Fall District Meetings
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Amends Regulations for Inert Landfills
How is the New Title Ad Valorem Tax Impacting Local Revenues?
Ethics Webinar Set for Nov. 13th
Amazon to Collect State and Local Sales Tax in Georgia Sept. 1
New Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual Available on ACCG Website
List of New Laws Effective July 1st Available for Counties
ACCG Provides Counties with Updated List of Questions Regarding TAVT
Checklist for New Immigration Legislation Available
Policy Committees Set to Meet in July
Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform Act Has Positive Impact on County Jails
No 2014 COLA Adjustment for County Elected Officials
Final Legislative Update Available
ACCG Grassroots System
Governors Commission of 9-1-1 Gets Underway
Review DOR Proposed Rule Changes
ACCG Webinar on Energy Excise Tax Implementation
Policy Subcommittees to Meet in June
2012 Capitol Connection E-News
Final Legislative Update Now Available
Policy Committee Meetings Set for June
ACCG Offers Summer Regional LOST Training
Register Now for Summer Regional Member Services Meetings and Training on Sunshine Laws and Tax Reform
2011 Capitol Connection E-News
Submit Immigration Reports by the End of the Year
Don’t Forget to Publish Your Annual SPLOST Report
Four Upcoming ACCG LOST Training Sessions
One additional Illegal Immigration Training Session Scheduled
2012 Community Development Block Grant Applicants Workshop Scheduled for Macon
Final Amended County Platform and Priorities Approved at Legislative Leadership Conference
ACCG Fall District Meetings Begin October 24
Attorney General's Office Provides Clarification on Secure and Verifiable Documents
Two More Illegal Immigration Training Sessions Scheduled
ACCG Schedules Four LOST Training Sessions
Remember to Submit Budgets and Financial Reports to CVIOG
Georgia Transportation Summit Scheduled for Nov. 9
Special Session on Reapportionment Gets Underway
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ACCG Federal Policy Meeting Scheduled for Aug. 29
House Judiciary Committee Schedules Aug. 30 Hearing on HB 397 - Open Meetings and Open Records Legislation
Register Now for ACCG / GMA Joint Training on Illegal Immigration Requirements for Local Government - Sept. 19 & Sept. 26
ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference Coming Soon - Oct. 3 & 4
GDOT Holds Public Meetings on STIP Project List
DCA Convenes Advisory Task for for Revising Local Planning and DNR Rules
Governor's Office of Workforce Development Offers Town Hall Meetings on Soft Skills Education
Summer Policy Committee Meetings Continue July 25
Aug. 12:  ACCG Revenue & Finance Committeee to Focus on Property Tax Assessment Caps
Information From Other Committee Meetings Available Online
County Officials Participate in Conference Call with Senator Johnny Isakson
ACCG Resources Available to Help Counties Implement 2011 Legislation
Sign Up Now for New ACCG Federal Policy Committee
GEMA Hosting Elected Officials Forum to Explain FCC Mandate on Radio Systems
Reach from Georgia County Internship Program Announced
County Officials Encouraged to Attend Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Meetings
2011 Georgia Highway Safety Conference
Final 2011 Legislative Update Now Available
Major Legislation Effective July 1
ACCG Summer Policy Committees Scheduled
ACCG to Offer SPLOST Training in July
Georgia County Government Committee Discusses Pending Changes to Open Meeting / Open Records Legislation
Counties Attending NACO Encouraged to Get Election Credentials by July 1