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Legislative Studies Underway
August 28, 2015
As Labor Day approaches, members of the General Assembly have begun planning in earnest for the 2016 legislative session and have kicked off study committees of interest to city officials.  

GMA Files “Friend of the Court” Brief in Clarkston Package Alcohol Sales, Entertainment Machine Case
August 14, 2015
GMA filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief earlier this month with the Georgia Supreme Court in support of a City of Clarkston ordinance that regulates package alcohol stores from providing certain coin operated entertainment machines.

Cities’ Benefits Need to be Updated After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
August 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, requiring states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize same-sex marriages lawful­ly performed in other states, impacts how cities handle public and employ­ment benefits.

State’s cities honor Betty Vandiver for Motorcade
August 6, 2015   |  Denise Matthews, Franklin County Citizen
Former Georgia First Lady Betty Vandiver was honored Monday by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) for a project she started in 1959, the annual Mayor’s Motorcade.

Playing to Your Strengths
August 5, 2015   |  Karen Kirkpatrick, Georgia Trend
The 2015 Heart and Soul of Georgia tour shows off thriving downtowns in Woodstock, Rome and Dahlonega.

Valdosta State University Joins GMA’s Local Government Practicum
August 5, 2015
GMA is pleased to announce that beginning in Spring 2016, MPA students at Valdosta State University (VSU) will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with a city by taking the Local Government Practicum.

Feedback Wanted from Small Cities on Stormwater Challenges
July 31, 2015
A working group of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) has been tasked with drafting a document for smaller communities to help them meet their stormwater challenges and their watershed management needs. 

Georgia House Members Discuss Local "Home Rule" Georgia House Members Discuss Local "Home Rule"
June 30, 2015   |  Jason Wright
Home Rule was the focus of conversation with three members of the Georgia House of Representatives during during GMA's Annual Convention in Savannah.

Three Inducted to Municipal Hall of Fame
June 29, 2015
GMA inducted Ringgold Mayor Joe Barger, former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, and Barnesville City Manager Kenny Roberts into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah Monday, June 29. The Hall of Fame honors municipal officials who exemplify the best in public service, and who, throughout their careers, have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and Georgia’s cities.

Cities Recognized for Ethics Ordinance
June 29, 2015
The cities of Brunswick and Grantville were recognized for earning the “Cities of Ethics,” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in Savannah, June 29. They join more than 200 cities that have received the City of Ethics designation.

Bodker Elected President of GMA Bodker Elected President of GMA
June 28, 2015
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker was elected president of GMA during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 28. He is the first official from Johns Creek to serve as president of the association.

"Waters of the U.S." Rule Could Expand What Falls Under the Clean Water Act
June 8, 2015   |  Carolyn Berndt, National League of Cities
The new definition of "waters of the U.S." has the potential to expand the number of waterbodies that are federally regulated under the CWA.

Mayor Jackson Lobbies Congress to Fund Transportation Long-Term Mayor Jackson Lobbies Congress to Fund Transportation Long-Term
June 5, 2015
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson visited Washington D.C. on May 13 during National Infrastructure Week. In her role as Chair of GMA’s Federal Policy Council and GMA 2nd Vice President, Jackson represented GMA and Georgia cities in meetings with members of Georgia’s delegation and to participate in transportation-related media events coordinated by the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

​Update: EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rule on Waters of the U.S.
May 29, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced a new rule that changes the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the U.S.”

GMA Comments on Proposed Drought and Water Efficiency Rules
May 14, 2015
GMA, along with ACCG, recently commented to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Protection Division (EPD) on proposed changes to Georgia’s Drought Management and Water Supply Efficiency rules. The proposed rule changes would impact all cities in the state, particularly those with water withdrawal permits and those that operating public water systems.

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