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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

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

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

Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968 to make affordable flood insurance available to homeowners, renters and business owners in exchange for using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) generated and specified Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) for floodplain management by a participating community.

Published Date: March 10, 2014

Flovilla Mayor Scott Chewning wanted a safe place where youth in the city and Butts County could learn a trade. The city’s mostly volunteer fire department came to mind and in June, the city started its junior firefighter program aimed at training future fire fight­ers now.

Published Date: November 5, 2013

Norcross resident Augustine Men­doza used to be wary of the Nor­cross police—a sentiment shared by many of Mendoza’s fellow Nor­cross residents in the Hispanic community, which comprises 40 percent of the city’s population. “Sometimes we think that police are no real friend,” he said.

Published Date: November 5, 2013

Creating an effective code enforcement program begins with an understanding of state law and the various legal tools available to local governments.

Published Date: September 13, 2013

The Georgia Association Chiefs of Police (GACP) presented Chief Billy Grogan and the Dunwoody Police Department with the prestigious Dr. Curtis McClung/ Motorola Award of Excellence. The award, which is co-sponsored by the Motorola Corporation, is given annually to a deserving agency in recognition of its use of an innovative program in the pursuit of law enforcement excellence.

Published Date: November 6, 2012

Federally-seized drug money is being put to good use in Norcross, most recently funding the Norcross Police Department’s (NPD) purchase of a new system that combines WiFi and GPS technology.

Published Date: November 6, 2012

The widespread availability of mobile technology and broadband networks provides opportunities to connect citizens with local government leaders and providers of public service.

Published Date: October 12, 2012

Over the past few years there has been a growing problem related to internet cafés and other business establishments of a similar sort which utilize the sales of phone cards, internet time, or other similar sales as a subterfuge to skirt Georgia’s gambling laws.

Published Date: June 28, 2012

During the past few legislative sessions there have been bills introduced that would limit the abilities of local governments in regulating pawnshops and secondhand dealers.

Published Date: June 28, 2012

Cities throughout the state of Georgia have issues relating to derelict property and GMA often gets questions related to the options cities have in controlling this growing problem.

Published Date: June 28, 2012

Recent legislation on knives provides that local governments cannot restrict knives more than allowed by a specific part of Georgia law, except in government buildings and courthouses.

Published Date: June 28, 2012

After Billy Grogan started the job as Dunwoody’s first police chief at the end of 2008, he immediately knew the police department would need a strong online presence.

Published Date: June 8, 2012

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: April 3, 2012

This report includes recommendations for the testing, activation and maintenance of outdoor warning sirens and was a joint effort of the Emergency Management Association of Georgia and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency with the technical assistance of the National Weather Service.

Published Date: April 3, 2012

Federal transportation rules require local governments to establish and implement a sign maintenance program addressing minimum sign retroreflectivity requirements by January 22, 2012.

Published Date: February 27, 2012

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), in cooperation with GMA and ACCG, has developed a Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement.

Published Date: February 7, 2012

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: September 7, 2011

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: June 6, 2011

GMA in cooperation with GEMA and ACCG has produced a Sample Municipal Emergency Management ordinance.

Published Date: August 13, 2010

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: November 3, 2009

Is your city’s radio communication infrastructure taking steps to meet the latest FCC mandate on narrowbanding?

Published Date: June 21, 2009

House Bill 77, which passed the General Assembly in 2008, now requires every city that currently maintains or wishes to install an automated intersection traffic enforcement camera seek a permit from the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) and to comply with DOT procedures in doing so.

Published Date: December 3, 2008

People need walkable communities where sidewalks, trails, and street crossings are safe, accessible, and comfortable for people of all ability levels. 

Published Date: July 24, 2008

In April 2006, Governor Perdue signed into law the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (SB 529).

Published Date: September 1, 2007

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