Capitol Connection E-Newsletter – November 2020
2021 ACCG Legislative Toolkit Now Available
As the 2021 legislative session approaches, Georgia counties should be in full gear to stay informed, get involved, and make a difference on helping craft sound public policy for the State of Georgia.  ACCG’s Legislative Toolkit is designed to inform individuals about major issues and concerns that counties share in an effort to spark dialogue amongst communities and promote awareness of the Guiding Principles and the Policy Agenda ACCG will actively pursue on their behalf. Before the legislative session begins, county officials are encouraged to take time to review the toolkit and discuss these top issues with their state legislators. County officials are also encouraged to use the toolkit as a guide throughout the session.

Questions regarding any issues outlined in the Toolkit should be directed to a member of the policy staff.

There's Still Time to Register for the Virtual Legislative Roundtables!
Have you registered for a Legislative Roundtable yet? Legislative roundtables will provide county officials an opportunity to review the 2021 Policy Agenda with the ACCG policy staff and engage in discussions with legislators to hear their perspectives on the upcoming legislative session. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share with policy staff what specific issues are of interest to their respective communities. If you cannot attend the session for your district, please register for an alternative session. Meeting dates and registration can be found here.

Time to Update Your County’s ACCG County Legislative Coordinator (CLC)
Annually, ACCG asks counties to update their county’s designated CLC to ensure the most accurate data is reflected in our records. The CLC’s primary responsibilities are to relay pertinent information about current legislation to county commissioners and county management and to maintain an open line of communication with ACCG to ensure county-specific information is readily available for legislators. ACCG encourages all counties to participate and designate a CLC prior to the legislative session. To confirm, update, or appoint your county’s CLC for 2020, please contact Tottianna Davis at or (404) 522-5022.
Secretary of State Calls for Risk Limiting Audit by County Election Offices
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger held a press conference in which he announced he would call for a Risk Limiting Audit (RLA) on all votes cast for U.S. President in Georgia. According to Secretary Raffensperger, county elections offices must complete this audit by November 20, 2020, the same date the state is required to certify the election. For more information, click here.

Immigration Report Collection System Now Open
The Immigration Report Collection System managed by the Department of Audits and Accounts (DOAA) opened on November 1st for the reporting period of Dec. 1, 2019 through Nov. 30, 2020. The due date to complete the report is Dec. 31, 2020. Please start preparing early to ensure that you have all the information needed to file the report by the deadline. More information can be found here.

Georgia EMCs Announce Tools for Rural Broadband Expansion at PSC
To promote the deployment of broadband, Georgia’s not-for-profit, member-owned electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) filed their “Georgia Solution” with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). As part of the Georgia Solution, the EMCs unveiled two new programs and incentives, the One Buck Deal and the Georgia One-Touch-Make-Ready Program. Access the full article here to learn more about each program.
NACo’s First-Ever Virtual Federal Policy Summit: Recordings Now Available
Recordings of NACo's Virtual Federal Policy Summit are now available. The two-day summit provided expert advice on policy issues and updates on the federal policy landscape – broadband, healthcare, infrastructure, COVID-19 relief, public lands, disaster assistance and more. Click here to access a recording of the full event or individual segments.
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Register for the Virtual Legislative Roundtable in your district!