2023 ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Legislative Leadership Conference (LLC). Join ACCG, your county colleagues, and state leaders on October 11-13 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center in Glynn County for the association’s fall policy conference. Attend the LLC to ensure your county's concerns are considered when voting on the 2024 Proposed Policy Agenda and Legislative Priorities and to participate in several engaging educational opportunities.

Registration is open for the Legislative Leadership Conference. County officials are encouraged to contact their County Clerk for registration details. A conference agenda can be found here. Be sure to regularly visit the conference website for all things LLC. 


Your Participation is Needed in the Business Session

Business Session to Vote on 2024 Legislative Priorities and Proposed Policy Agenda

Thursday, October 12

1:30 p.m.

Ensuring that all counties' voices are heard is a priority of ACCG. Voting delegates must be present to vote on the 2024 Proposed Policy Agenda and Legislative Priorities during this year's business session. The business session will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 1:30 p.m. 

Voting delegate credentials can be picked up onsite at the registration desk on Wednesday, October 11 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday, October 12 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Make Plans to Attend a Hot Topic Session
Several hot topic sessions will be offered on Thursday. Attend the informative sessions to learn more about the pressing issues counties are facing and what state leaders are doing to address these problems. A brief description of each session can be found below.
Workforce Housing: Challenges in Meeting Georgia’s Growing Needs 
Opening General Session
Thursday, October 12
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
Attend the opening general session to receive insights from issue experts on the housing crisis in Georgia. This moderated panel discussion will explore Georgia’s current challenges in providing an adequate and affordable housing supply to meet the state’s growing population, workforce, and economic development needs. Panelists will provide an overview of the state’s housing shortage; its impact on business and the workforce; trends within the homebuilding industry and rising construction costs; state and local government regulations that citizens demand but may impede housing expansion; increased infrastructure and service delivery demands; and suggestions on how state, local, and private stakeholders can work together on finding solutions to meet current and future housing needs. 
Panelists include representatives from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders Association of Georgia, Georgia Planning Association President Whitney Shephard, and Bryan County Chairman Carter Infinger with ACCG Director of Governmental Affairs Clint Mueller moderating. 
Concurrent Hot topic Sessions
Thursday, October 12
Offered Twice from 2:15 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. 
LOST/SDS Challenges Between Counties and Cities
Good county and city relations are not always easy, but a strong working partnership is essential to a healthy community. This session will provide an overview of the appropriate working relationship between counties and cities when planning for the future of the community. Attendees will learn about comprehensive planning, service allocation through Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) agreements, and revenue allocations through Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) and SDS negotiations. In addition, the presenters will outline the recommended changes to LOST and SDS laws as presented by the ACCG and GMA Policy Councils. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discuss ways to improve county and city relations.
Attendees will hear from ACCG Director of Governmental Affairs Clint Mueller, ACCG General Counsel Larry Ramsey and GMA Director of Government Relations Jim Thorton

The Future of Mental Health Legislation in Georgia

Counties are the closest constitutional form of government to their constituents and are often on the frontline of addressing pressing community issues such as mental health. Within recent years, Georgia has made significant strides regarding mental health reform, and ACCG and Georgia’s counties have played a critical role in spearheading those efforts. Attend this session to learn what the future holds for furthering mental health policy in Georgia and how county officials can continue to play a role.


Property Tax Assessments: An Exploration of Current Issues

Explore current issues surrounding property assessments by attending this session. Issues such as concerns with the sales ratio study, trends in commercial property valuation, and the tax estimate on the assessment notice will be discussed. Various tax loopholes and ways to limit the effects of assessment increases will also be addressed.