There are several phases of the legislative goals process and many opportunities for county commissioners, county officials, and stakeholders to provide input. The first phase, which begins in July, consists of soliciting goals from county commissioners and boards of commissioners. Counties must submit a form at this link, which must 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.
After the initial deadline to submit goals, all eligible goal submissions are referred to the appropriate NCACC Steering Committee with jurisdiction over the issue. The Steering Committees review the referred goals and provide recommendations to the Legislative Goals Committee. The Legislative Goals Committee considers each goal and votes to either approve, reject, or recommend it for further review.
Once the Legislative Goals Committee completes its work, it recommends a package of committee-vetted goals to NCACC’s Board of Directors for approval. In December, the NCACC Board of Directors considers and approves the recommended goals, making any necessary technical corrections. The Board advances the goals package for consideration by all 100 counties at a culminating event – NCACC’s Legislative Goals Conference. Each member county appoints a voting delegate to participate in the conference to vote on goals and rank them in priority order.
The NCACC legislative goals process
NCACC developed a similar process for counties to submit federal goals, which guide advocacy outreach to members of U.S. Congress, including members of North Carolina’s Congressional Delegation and other federal partners. Federal goals also support NCACC members with their involvement in the National Association of Counties (NACo). Submitting federal goal proposals is a great way to complement state goals, longstanding goals, guiding principles, and demonstrate support for the NCACC Presidential Initiative.