Municipal Desk Reference


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This December 10, 2014 webinar reviews the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) new rules on cell tower siting and the placement of facilities in your rights-of-way. The FCC's new rules change the regulatory landscape and require cities to make siting decisions more quickly.

Published Date: December 13, 2014

All cities are required to file their annual immigration reports with the Department of Audits and Accounts on or before December 31, 2014. The 2014 report will include activity from December 1, 2013 – November 30, 2014.

Published Date: December 12, 2014

In a much anticipated decision arising out of multiple civil actions against Sentinel Offender Services, LLC, a private for-profit probation company, the Supreme Court of Georgia held on November 24, 2014, that private probation companies, such as Sentinel, are constitutionally allowed to supervise misdemeanor probationers. The court added, however, that lower courts cannot toll a probationer’s sentence after it has been imposed, saying that misdemeanor “sentences are fixed at one year and once a sentence has been served, jurisdiction over the defendant ceases.”

Published Date: November 25, 2014

There is recent news on the sovereign immunity front.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

GMA is pleased to provide for municipal officials a review of the key features of the Georgia open meetings and open records laws.

Published Date: September 26, 2014

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

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

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