Legislative Goals

Mission Statement

The association's legislative goals process is thoughtful, deliberative, inclusive and fair. The investment of time and energy, and value of full discourse, strengthens our association as we navigate the legislative currents. The process is designed to create an informed grassroots organization and to build a cohesiveness of purpose within the organization that, in turn, grants a degree of credibility to the association that is unique. All counties and all county officials are invited and encouraged to participate in the legislative goals process.

Submit a Goal


The NCACC makes it easy to submit goals. All goals must be submitted electronically via the NCACC website by Sept. 23, 2016. The form must be filled out in its entirety and must include either a resolution from the Board of Commissioners or a signed letter from the Chairman of the Board submitting the goal on behalf of the entire board.

Keep the following in mind when submitting your goals:

  • Review the 2016 NCACC Legislative Goals Handbook for information on rules, procedures and guidelines for the legislative goals adoption process.
  • Complete the goal proposal form at ncacc.org/legislativegoals and attach supporting documentation.
  • Goals may be submitted in any of the following formats: a resolution approved by the Board of Commissioners, a letter from the Chairman of the Board on behalf of the entire board, or a letter from an affiliate organization.
  • Proposed goals received on or before Sept. 23 will be referred to the appropriate steering committee for review and consideration.

Voting Process


Every member county appoints a voting delegate to the conference. Every county in attendance has 1 vote. The voting delegate can be any county official, including non-elected officials, and a county may choose an alternate. no proxies are allowed. Goals are presented by subject category. Upon motion of any voting delegate, a proposal can be set aside for detailed discussion. Majority votes are required to approve or alter the proposed goals.
Members Voting

Screening Committee Process


The association has a Screening Committee process to allow for consideration of newly proposed goals or proposals previously presented but not approved. The Screening Committee is composed of the Legislative Goals Committee chairs and the 7 Steering Committee chairs. The Screening Committee meets at the end of the first day of the conference to review and hear presentations on any newly submitted proposals.

Rules for the Screening Committee process are as follows:
  • Any new or previously rejected proposal must be submitted to the committee by 1 pm on the first day of the conference.
  • Goals approved and recommended by the Screening Committee are brought to the floor for consideration by the voting delegates on the second day of the conference. A majority vote of the delegates is required for approval.
  • Any proposal not approved by the Screening Committee can only be brought to the floor for consideration upon a vote of 2-thirds of the number of voting delegates present at 2 pm on the first day of the conference. This requirement recognizes that by the end of the second day voting delegates may leave and it protects the members from having their goals process circumvented by what could be a relatively small number of delegates.
  • The Screening Committee has the authority to request a Steering Committee to give further study to newly proposed ideas. Any Steering Committee recommendations that derive from this kind of study can be presented to the Board of Directors for consideration at a later date.

Conclusion


All goals and policies receiving a favorable report at the Legislative Goals Conference are included in the official final NCACC legislative goals package. The official document containing the organization's goals is mailed to all 100 counties and presented to each member of the North Carolina General Assembly, to the governor and to other executive branch leaders.

Contact


If you have any questions about the process or help developing a goal, please contact Johanna Reese, NCACC Director of Government Relations, or Amber Harris, NCACC Grassroots Coordinator.