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 advocate for counties. The process is designed to create an informed grassroots organization and to build a cohesiveness of purpose within the organization. All counties and all county officials are invited and encouraged to participate in the Legislative Goals process.

Submit a Goal

All legislative goals must be submitted electronically via the form at this link. The form should be filled out in its entirety and include either a resolution from the Board of Commissioners or a signed letter from the Chair of the Board submitting the goal on behalf of the entire board. The deadline to submit goal proposals is September 30, 2020.

To submit a legislative goal, click here

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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.

Screening Committee Process

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

Rules for the Screening Committee process are as follows:
  • Any new or previous goal proposal must be submitted by 1:00 p.m. 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 two-thirds of the number of voting delegates present at 2:00 p.m. 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.


All goals and policies approved at the Legislative Goals Conference are included in the official NCACC Legislative Goals package. The official document containing the Association’s core values, legislative goals and guiding principles shall be delivered to all
100 counties and presented to each member of the North Carolina General Assembly, to the Governor, and to other executive branch leaders.


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