In preparation for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference, held in Franklin County/Columbus, Ohio on July 21 – July 24, we invite NACo members to submit 2017-2018 policy resolutions and platform changes to be considered at the conference.
The NACo resolutions process provides members with the ability to participate in national policy decisions affecting county governments. Resolutions and platform changes submitted through this process will be considered by NACo’s ten policy steering committees, the Board of Directors and the membership during the Annual Conference.
The American County Platform and the association's policy resolutions are carefully considered statements of the needs and interests of county governments throughout the nation. These policy statements serve as a guide for NACo members and staff to advance the association's federal policy agenda before the White House, Congress and federal agencies. Please refer to the comprehensive overview of NACo's policy resolution process here.
HOW TO SUBMIT AND FORMAT RESOLUTIONS AND PLATFORM CHANGES
When submitting resolutions and platform changes, please work with the appropriate steering committee staff liaison to adhere to the following guidelines:
All resolutions and platform changes must be submitted electronically (preferably as a Word document) via email to email@example.com by June 21, 2017. Submissions MUST identify the title and issue area in the email subject line (e.g. Social Services Block Grant, Human Services and Education). Click here for a sample resolution.
Resolutions should be concise and no more than one page in length. The standard format includes:
- Issue: Short sentence stating the purpose of the resolution
- Proposed Policy: Concise statement specifying a position or action by NACo and/or other entities
- Background: 1-2 paragraph statement clearly outlining the county interest in the issue
- Fiscal/Urban/Rural Impact: Short statement addressing the potential impact(s) for counties in the specific issue area
- Sponsor: Name and contact information of NACo member sponsoring the resolution. It is important to include contact information so that the NACo staff can follow up if there are any questions or additional information required
IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you plan to submit a policy resolution or platform change, you (or a designated representative) must appear in person at the steering committee meeting at the 2017 Annual Conference to introduce and explain the resolution.
PLATFORM CHANGES AND EXISTING RESOLUTIONS
Platform changes are considered only at the Annual Conference. Also, because this is the Annual Conference, ALL resolutions that have been previously passed, both at last year’s 2016 Annual Conference AND at NACo’s 2017 Legislative Conference DIE at this conference and must be resubmitted as either a resolution or platform change in order to continue as NACo policy.
Steering committees may consider resolutions that were not submitted by the June 21 deadline. However, these federal legislative or regulatory matters should be urgent in nature, meaning that they could not have been foreseen 30 days prior to the conference. Inaction on the part of a submitter is not grounds for an emergency resolution.
Steering committees receiving emergency resolutions may consider them only if two-thirds of the steering committee members present vote to review them. This vote, and the vote resulting in the adoption or defeat of the actual resolution, must be tallied and reported at the conclusion of all steering committee meetings.
Please contact NACo's Legislative Director Deborah Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or the appropriate steering committee liaison with additional questions or concerns.
*Please also refer to the comprehensive overview of NACo's policy resolution process here.
- 2017 NACo Annual Conference
- 2016-2017 American County Platform
- NACo's Policy Resolution Process
- Sample Resolution