County commissioners hold Association of Minnesota Counties meeting
Nearly 250 county commissioners from across Minnesota met at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria on September 6 for a meeting of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) five policy committees.
The policy committees meet at least three times during the year to refine policies related to their respective areas. Each of Minnesota's 87 counties can appoint one commissioner or county official to each of the five policy committees.
Development of the association's legislative platform is based largely on the recommendations of the five policy committees: Environment and Natural Resources, General Government and Taxes, Health and Human Services, Public Safety and Corrections, and Transportation and Infrastructure.
Bev Bales, Douglas County's District 3 commissioner, is the current chair of the Health and Human Services Policy Committee.
AMC's legislative platform encompasses virtually all areas of county concern, including financing of human services programs, administration of jails, county board authority, funding for health and long term care services, economic development, affordable housing, agriculture policy, solid waste management, transportation financing, the county/state fiscal relationship and many other areas.
AMC is a voluntary statewide organization that assists the state's 87 counties in providing effective county governance to the people of Minnesota.
The association works closely with the legislative and administrative branches of government in seeing that legislation and policies favorable to counties are enacted.
In addition, the association provides educational programs, training, research and communications for county officials.