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The city of Duluth is facing a rather unusual and somewhat tenuous set of circumstances; our Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the Gwinnett County Superior Court’s decision to throw out a case against the city in a negligent hiring claim involving a drunk, off-duty police officer’s use of excessive force upon a citizen.

Published Date: September 5, 2014

The United States Supreme Court recently held in Riley v. California that police may not search cellphones seized during lawful arrests, without first obtaining a proper warrant.

Published Date: August 6, 2014

During this recorded live webinar, presenters provided an overview of land bank authorities (LBA), including changes enacted to the Land Bank Act of 2012 and how to determine the need for a LBA. Also discussed is how to establish or restart a LBA, as well as funding considerations. Special considerations for small and/or rural communities were also addressed.

Published Date: June 18, 2014

GMA has prepared three tutorials highlighting Georgia’s laws on weapons and firearms. Part 1 covers existing law, changes to such existing law, and background information. Part 2 covers government buildings, and Part 3 covers courthouses, schools, polling places, public housing, commercial service airports, and the discharge of firearms. Additionally, GMA has prepared a PowerPoint presentation of the tutorials and a quick summary of the new laws.

Published Date: June 11, 2014

Legal activity affecting Georgia’s cities was in high gear recently. In a matter of weeks, we saw the Georgia Gen­eral Assembly (guns) and the United States Supreme Court (prayers opening legislative sessions) weigh in on matters of great impact and importance to the daily operation of our cities and our lives.

Published Date: June 8, 2014

The typical mixed bag of appellate rulings resulted in yet another Supreme Court reversal of our Court of Appeals, calling for the second such discussion in the last four columns. This time it was Georgia’s whistleblower statute at issue, and whether it can be utilized for city/county in-house complaints involving claims of retaliation for disclosing a violation of, or noncompliance with a city or county law, rule or regulation to either a supervisor or a government agency.

Published Date: May 9, 2014

lllSo, Gerry and Judy McManus bought their Lawrenceville dream home with bay windows and large porches on 7.5 acres back in 1997. But, for the past four years they have been embroiled in a nasty little legal spat with Gwinnett County. The McManuses sued Gwinnett County because of water runoff issues.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

While our Georgia appellate courts have been busily working on the usual array of tax, condemnation and immunity issues, the rumble on the distant horizon is not coming from Atlanta. It is coming from Washington, D.C. It is coming from Everytown, U.S.A.

Published Date: March 10, 2014

In an effort to address growing technological needs from Georgia’s vast and varying courts, the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts (GAOC) has taken the legislative position that general legislation allowing local courts to establish technology fees is warranted and neces¬sary.

Published Date: January 6, 2014

The purpose of this publication is to provide a step-by-step guide to the present annexation laws contained in Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated for use by lay persons, city officials, city staff and particularly, local government attorneys.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

GMA is pleased to provide this revised Georgia Model Municipal Charter as an aid to city officials who wish to modernize their existing city charter.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

This publication is to familiarize city officials with some of the important basics in the area of alcoholic beverage regulation.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

Redistricting, or "reapportionment" is the redrawing of the boundaries of an elective political district.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

GMA conducted a one hour webinar on December 5, 2015 to highlight recent changes to Georgia’s immigration laws and to review reporting requirements for SAVE and E-Verify.

Published Date: December 6, 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.

Published Date: November 27, 2013


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