The County contracts with Troutman Sanders
for lobbying and consulting services related to state government. The Troutman Sanders team consists of Bill Scoggin, Daniel Baum and Chris Hollis. Troutman Sanders responsibilities include advocating for Mecklenburg’s legislative agenda, monitor actions of the General Assembly
that would impact the county and assist in regulatory matters before state departments. The County pays $79,000 per year for this service.
The Legislative agenda process for each long session (odd number years) begins in October with a request to department directors for proposed legislative items. Those proposals will be reviewed by the Executive team and a staff recommendation will be made to the Board of County Commissioners
at the December meeting. In addition to the staff recommendation, commissioners can also consider legislative agenda items suggested by board members.
The BOCC approves a legislative agenda and then presents its legislative agenda to the Mecklenburg Legislative Delegation at a breakfast in January. County staff and Troutman Sanders will work with legislators to have bills drafted, introduced and moved through the legislative process.
In addition to specific pieces of legislation, the BOCC will be asked to approve broad guiding principles which staff can use to respond to legislation that would impact the county but is not on our agenda.
During the legislative session, Troutman Sanders provides staff with weekly updates.
In addition to the County’s legislative agenda, the county works closely with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
(NCACC). The NCACC typically takes the lobbying lead on items of statewide impact. Commissioners are encouraged to engage in activities sponsored by the NCACC. The County pays membership dues of $63,656.
The County contracts with The Ferguson Group
for federal lobbying services. Leslie Mozingo serves as the principle contact for Mecklenburg County. The Ferguson Group advocates for the policies that provide greater flexibility to local governments as well as any specific initiatives approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The Ferguson Group also assists the county with making connections throughout the administration to assist with grant opportunities. The County pays $36,000 per year for this service.
The Ferguson Group works closely with the National Association of Counties
(NACo) to advocate on federal policy issues that impact all county governments. NACo takes the lead role in lobbying on legislation of national significance. NACo also hosts a legislative conference and annual conference each year that Commissioners can attend. The County pays membership dues of $12,737.