Before each legislative biennium, NCACC convenes a Legislative Goals Conference for counties from around the state to come together to participate in voting sessions to finalize legislative goals, which guide NCACC’s advocacy efforts. The conference is the final step in a comprehensive process, which gives each county an opportunity to shape NCACC’s legislative agenda.
Voting Procedures for Legislative Goals Conference
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.
Click here to view the Legislative Goals handbook, which provides detailed procedural information for the Legislative Goals Conference and goals development process.
Last Call for Goals – the Screening Committee Process
The Association allows for the consideration of new goals or proposals previously presented but not approved through the Screening Committee process. 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 Legislative Goals 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.
Legislative Goals Adoption
All goals and policies approved at the Legislative Goals Conference are included in the official NCACC Legislative Goals package. The official document is a booklet 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.