June 2013, Vol.7, No.6
A new immigration law, SB 160, goes into effect on July 1. ACCG is updating the Immigration Guide for Counties in anticipation of this new law that should be made available by June 17 on the ACCG website. A checklist providing an overview of the current and new law is now available.

Visit http://www.accg.org/library/Updated%20County%20Immigration%20Checklist%2004-23-13(2).pdf to view the full article online.

Legislative advocacy and public policy development are some of the primary services that ACCG provides to Georgia’s counties. Now that the legislative session is over, the ACCG policy staff will continue with its advocacy and policy development efforts by hosting policy committee meetings to help prepare for the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Policy committees develop positions on key issues, which become part of the County Platform that guides the advocacy efforts on behalf of counties during the upcoming session. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

Visit http://www.accg.org/library/2013_5_28_2013%20FULL%20Policy%20Cmte%20Mtg%20Sch.pdf to view the full article online.

Barrow County Emergency Services will host a one-day class on June 18, 2013, that will focus on the recent changes to the ISO Fire Protection Rating Schedule. Water Utility Directors, Fire Chiefs, Training Officers, and 911 Directors are highly encouraged to attend. This is the first time the ISO Fire Protection Rating Schedule has been changed since its inception in 1980. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss as the revised rating schedule will take effect throughout the entire state on July 1, 2013.

Visit http://www.ciclt.net/ul/gsfa/CHANGESTOISOFIREPROTECTIONRATINGSCHEDULE.pdf to view the full article online.

The June regional meetings will highlight some of ACCG’s membership services and solicit feedback on the type of membership partnerships attendees would like to see ACCG pursue to result in revenue generating or cost saving measures for counties. ACCG staff will also provide commissioners and county staff with a 2013 Legislative Update, including action items that counties will need to take as a result of newly enacted legislation. In addition, attendees will be awarded three credit hours in ACCG Standard of Excellence continuing education program for attending a regional meeting.

Visit http://www.accg.org/content.asp?contentid=2038 to view the full article online.

Six of the most popular ACCG guidebooks have been revised and updated and will be available for purchase and download through the ACCG website in June. Purchases can be made separately or at a discounted rate if purchased as a set. These guidebooks include Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax: A Guide for County Officials; Model Emergency Management Ordinances and Agreements; Georgia’s Open Meetings and Open Records Law: A Guide for County Officials; Meetings Organization and Public Access for Counties; Parliamentary Procedures for Counties; and Constitutional County Officers: Budgeting, Contracting and Other Issues. A reprinted copy of Charting a Course for Cooperation and Collaboration will be included in each set and available to download as well. Each county will be provided with one complimentary set. Special thanks to our publication sponsors Jarrard and Davis, LLP, Gray, Pannell, and Woodward, LLP, and Coast2Coast Rx Discount Card.

Visit http://www.bpistore.com/accg/UserContentStart.aspx to view the full article online.

ACCG welcomed new interns Grace Kim, Jordan Edwards and Amber Keller in May. These interns will be working with current policy intern, Eric Lopez, and communications fellow, Schuyler Harding, in assisting ACCG with numerous county government projects over the summer.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/acg-nwl/articles/index-v5.asp?aid=219489&issueID=30178 to view the full article online.

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols is leading an eight-city educational tour on the benefits of alternative fuels for vehicles. The tour is set for June 3-21. The Georgia Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow will focus on clean, domestic fuels that are replacing gasoline and diesel in today's vehicles. Public and private sector fleet and city managers are encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for all of those who wish to attend.

Visit http://www.afvroadshow.com/ to view the full article online.

The ACCG Legal Department, with support from the Fulton County Office, raised $713, the equivalent of 2,852 pounds of food, for the Atlanta Community Food Bank's 2013 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. Since 2012, the Georgia Food Bank, in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General and the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division, has hosted a statewide food and fund drive competition among all Georgia law firms and legal organizations. This year marks the first year that ACCG has participated in this competition.

Visit http://galegalfoodfrenzy.org/ to view the full article online.

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