The team at UAC is seeking committed members to participate in our new Legislative Policy Committees. This is a shift from the historical affiliate group structure. We are looking to have better collaboration and direction from any member interested in the topics related to counties and their policies and operations. Instead of categorizing legislative work by affiliate group (attorneys, recorders, assessors, etc.) we will now classify this by the following policy areas:
- Revenue and Taxation: This committee will consider legislation including such topics as centrally assessed, assessment areas and special assessments, sales and motor tax, tax reform, and personal property tax.
- Infrastructure and Transportation: This committee will consider legislation regarding transportation funding and governance, B/C funding, transit, high-cost infrastructure funds, etc.
- Corrections, Criminal/Civil Justice and Behavioral Health: This committee will consider legislation and funding for jail contracting, COP, JRI Impacts and funding, behavioral health funding and oversight, indigent defense, sentencing guidelines, criminal and civil code issues, etc.
- Public Lands and Public Resources: This committee will consider legislation surrounding resource management coordination, water quality, the Land Use Taskforce (LUDMA), and coordination around the tribal lawsuit.
- General Government, Business & Labor, and Economic Development: This committee will consider legislation including county form of government, revolving loan funds, CRAs and RDAS, affordable housing, county classification adjustments, voting issues and election equipment, etc.
We anticipate the implementation of policy committees will alter participation from possibly a single legislative topic/bill to a more robust range of policy material. This will give us a better long-term plan that may be a multi-year effort and require more coordination. We understand legislation is far-reaching and often requires the expertise and knowledge from several different affiliates to make it the most beneficial to counties.
As you are all aware, the legislative process is not limited to only the 45 days at the beginning of the year. As more and more bills are filed each year, UAC members need to be involved early and often, focusing on the Interim Legislative Days held each month. We want our membership to be thinking of meaningful and beneficial legislation as early as May. This would result in policy topics we can bring to legislators during the June interim session. Being proactive will increase the expectancy that our bills will be better understood and more successful in January.
We are in the process of narrowing down meeting dates for these committees. The 2nd Thursday of June, August, September, October, and November are looking most probable. The goal of UAC Staff is to hold meetings all day Thursday and possibly Friday mornings, so members can attend multiple policy areas according to their responsibilities and interests. We want to be mindful of those that make efforts to travel and clear busy schedules. We hope to use the June meeting to establish a scope of work then use the remaining months/meetings to draft bills, discuss other topics that pop-up and be prepared to make final recommendations to the full membership in November.
Please let us know if you are interested in joining one or more policy committee by emailing Bryan Rodgers at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Legislative Interim Session dates
(3rd Wednesday of every month)
November 14 (2nd Wednesday)