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April, 2014

GMA 2014 Legislative Session Review

April 4, 2014

With the help of city officials throughout the state, GMA achieved a number of legislative victories this year, in particular passage of the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fund Act, the local option sales tax (LOST) continuation bill, and ensuring significant local control remained in the cell tower siting legislation.

GMA asks Gov. Deal to Veto HB 60

April 4, 2014

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) has asked Gov. Nathan Deal to veto HB 60, the gun legislation passed by the General Assembly on March 20. GMA outlined its concerns in an April 2 letter hand delivered to Gov. Deal and his staff.

March, 2014

GMA March 21 Legislative Alert

March 21, 2014

The 2014 Legislative Session came to a close at midnight on Thursday, March 20. With the help of city officials throughout the state, GMA achieved a number of legislative victories this year, in particular passage of the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fund Act, the local option sales tax (LOST) continuation bill, and ensuring significant local control remained in the cell tower siting legislation.

GMA Expresses Support for Savannah Port Project

March 10, 2014

The Georgia Municipal Association hand-delivered to Georgia's Congressional Delegation on March 10 a letter expressing its continued support of the Savannh Harbor Deepening project.

GMA Property & Liability Program Announces $5 Million Dividend for 2014

March 10, 2014

The Board of Trustees of GMA’s property and liability insurance program has declared a $5 million dividend for the May 1, 2014, renewal

The Great Promise Partnership: How to Get Involved

March 6, 2014

The Great Promise Partnership brings together local government, private sector partners, schools, community partners, students and innovative programming to help at-risk students graduate and become productive members of their communities.

Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary of HUD, to be Keynote Speaker at Annual Convention

March 3, 2014

Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and three-term Executive of King County, Washington, will be GMA's keynote speaker on Sunday, June 22, during GMA's 2014 Annual Convention.

February, 2014

Municipal Government Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted

February 19, 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for GMA’s Municipal Government Hall of Fame.

January, 2014

Update on Local Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports

January 30, 2014

SB 297, Local Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports, by Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), would clarify that local elected officials who do not raise or spend more than $2,500 are exempt from filing campaign contribution disclosure reports if they file an exemption affidavit with the city clerk. The next deadline to submit the January 31 campaign contribution disclosure report to your city clerk is February 7.

Fast-paced 2014 Legislative Session Expected

January 6, 2014

The upcoming 2014 General Assembly Session is expected to go at a lightning-quick pace with few controversial bills.

December, 2013

Speakers to Address Changing Demographics and 2014 Legislative Session

December 19, 2013

Demography expert Dr. James H. Johnson Jr. will be the keynote speaker at GMA’s 2014 Mayors Day awards luncheon on Sunday, January 26, at 12:30 p.m. He will discuss community and economic development as well as the implications and opportunities of changing demgraphics in the U.S.

Raising Revenue to Fix the National Infrastructure Deficit

Leslie Wollack, National League of Cities

December 10, 2013

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer recently introduced two proposals to provide a fix for the nation’s “infrastructure deficit” by raising additional revenue from drivers.

Nineteen Cities Selected for Georgia’s Main Street Start-up Program

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

December 2, 2013

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) recently announced that 19 new Georgia cities will become part of the Main Street Start-up Program, which provides technical assistance to communities looking to improve their downtowns.

November, 2013

SPLOST Reports Due December 31

November 27, 2013

All local governments receiving proceeds from SPLOST must publish a SPLOST report in a newspaper of general circulation within that city or county and on the government website, if they have one, by December 31 of each year.

DOAA Immigration Report Due December 31

November 14, 2013

Georgia cities are required to submit an immigration report to the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts by December 31, 2013. The new online reporting system will be available on December 1.


October, 2013

Preclearance No Longer Needed on Voting Issues

October 30, 2013

Preclearance of voting issues, including municipal districts, precinct locations and annexation approval, is no longer required because of a decision from the United States Supreme Court earlier this summer.

Ask Your Member of Congress to Resolve Budget & Debt Ceiling Impasse

October 15, 2013

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) joins the National League of Cities (NLC) in urging city officials to ask members of Congress to act now to resolve the federal budget impasse and to extend the nation’s debt limit.

LOST “Baseball Arbitration” Ruled Unconstitutional

October 7, 2013

The fate of cities’ Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) agreements in at least 17 counties are in limbo following a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday, Oct. 7, that declared “baseball arbitration” unconstitutional because it delegates taxing powers to the courts, a violation of the separation of powers provision of the Georgia Constitution.