Federal Issues

The Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners adopted twelve federal legislative priorities for the 2021-22 Congressional Biennium during its Legislative Goals Conference held virtually in January 2021.

The NCACC encourages members to contact the local offices of members of North Carolina’s federal congressional delegation to request meetings. The NCACC has compiled briefing materials and advocacy tips to help commissioners prepare for these meetings. Click on the links below to download a copy of our comprehensive federal issues packet with detailed information on each goal, or a 1-pager (front and back) with a brief summary of each goal.

The Association partnered with our federal advisor, Leslie Mozingo and Strategics, to develop these documents. We hope you find this information useful as you plan for your trip to Washington, D.C. for the NACo Legislative Conference. If you have any questions regarding these materials, please contact Amber Harris or Leslie Mozingo.

NCACC 2021-2022 Federal Legislative Goals

FG-1: Support direct and flexible funding as needed by counties of all sizes to mitigate the ongoing Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic.

FG-2: Support efforts to promote food system resiliency, such as ways to strengthen North Carolina’s Food System and increase access to affordable, healthy food options.

FG-3: Support increased funding for disaster preparation, assistance and mitigation as well as legislation that expedites and expands county use of federal disaster assistance funds.

FG-4: Support federal reclassification of 911 telecommunicators as first responders.

FG-5: Support funding for behavioral health programs and services to address the opioid and substance abuse epidemic and support flexibility for counties to use funds for prevention and recovery.

FG-6: Support funding and legislation to expand high-speed broadband access.

FG-7: Support measures to reduce the number of people with mental illness in county jails such as those identified in NACo’s “Stepping Up Initiative.”

FG-8: Support funds for health, human and economic services programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Food and Nutrition Services and federal block grants.

FG-9: Support increased funding and flexibility in services for older Americans.

FG-10: Support additional funding for Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT), agricultural, conservation, workforce, economic development, and Infrastructure programs that help counties meet public needs.

FG-11: Support strong regulations and enforcement along with funding assistance or reimbursement to state and local governments when a federal agency, such as the EPA, regulates emerging contaminants and other discharges into drinking water sources.

FG-12: Oppose unfunded mandates and changes in eligibility for federal programs that shift costs to counties.