Policy Development

ACCG develops its legislative policies through an engaging consensus building process that seeks to involve broad participation from the association’s membership. The strength in the association’s collective efforts to clearly identify its legislative advocacy positions with federal and state lawmakers is vitally important. ACCG’s strong history of peer-to-peer interaction coupled with a unified policy process allows for critical information sharing to occur and the continued success of Georgia’s counties.

ACCG Policy Council

The ACCG Policy Council is chaired by the association’s 1st Vice President and is comprised of the ACCG Executive Committee as well as the policy committee chairs and vice chairs. The Policy Council is charged with developing the final County Platform and presenting it to the entire membership for a vote at the Legislative Leadership Conference.

ACCG Policy Committees

The policy development process begins each spring when the ACCG president appoints chairs to lead each of the seven standing policy committees that include:

Committee membership is open to all elected and appointed county officials, and those interested may request assignments to the committees of their choice. All officials are welcome to attend the meetings and are both strongly encouraged and welcomed to provide their input into the groups’ deliberations. ACCG members that are engaged in various policy committees benefit from research and advisement from state and federal officials, private authorities (as appropriate), and shared experiences from their county colleagues from across the state.

Please contact Policy Meeting and Communications Coordinator Monique Jackson at mjackson@accg.org for more information or if you are interested in joining a committee.

Platform Development

The ACCG County Platform is formulated with extensive research and input from various key players in the county government arena. The inclusive process begins with policy committee meetings where county officials openly discuss issues specific to the committee’s area of focus. The perspectives of state and federal officials, and private authorities (when appropriate) are also included in the dialogue. Once the committee agrees on its individual platform, it is then proposed to the ACCG Policy Council for inclusion in the final document. Counties are provided the opportunity to review the document and provide feedback to the Council. The Policy Council finalizes the County Platform so that it can be presented to the entire association membership at the annual Legislative Leadership Conference held in the fall. County commissioners have the opportunity to review the platform and propose amendments before it is considered for a final vote.

As part of the policy development process, county officials also identify specific, actionable items for the association’s lobbyist to actively pursue. These items are referred to as the Legislative Agenda and are recommended by the Policy Council, the ACCG Board of Managers, and voted on by the membership at the Legislative Leadership Conference as part of the County Platform. From the Legislative Agenda, the association’s Top Three Priorities are identified.

Legislative Study Committees

Study Committees examine various issues and produce reports on any findings, recommendations, or legislative proposals the committee deems appropriate.