New Overtime Rules Halted
On November 22, 2016, a federal district court judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing the new Overtime Final Rule which was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.
GMA Completes Strategic Plan
The GMA staff recently completed a strategic planning process that resulted in a one-page plan covering five strategies designed to move the organization forward over the next several years. More than 40 staff members and GMA President and Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin were involved in the planning process.
Georgia EPD Elevates Drought Response Levels, Further Restricts Outdoor Water Use
Faced with worsening drought conditions in about three-fourths of the state, along with water supply concerns in some areas, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has declared it will raise the state’s drought response to Level 2 in 52 counties and impose a Level 1 Drought Response in an additional 58 counties.
Fire Prevention Team Canvassing North Georgia
A special team from the Georgia Forestry Commission is reaching out to local residents, organizations and the media to share important information about fire prevention. As thousands of acres continue to burn across the region, GFC professionals are making personal connections to help keep people and property safe from wildfire.
Register Now For DOR Notification of “Significant” Sales Tax Refund Claims
The Georgia Department of Revenue needs all cities to designate a city official to receive information regarding a “refund claim of local significance”. New legislation that became effective July 1, 2016, as a result of HB 960 requires the Department of Revenue to notify each local government affected by a “refund claim of local significance.”
Volunteers Needed for Annexation Dispute Resolution
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in conjunction with GMA and ACCG, is actively calling for local city and county elected officials who are willing to serve on annexation arbitration panels. Substantive training will be required to be qualified to serve on these important panels.
GMA's 2016 Legislative Update Posted
The 2016 Legislative Update providing an overview of bills tracked by GMA and the outcome of the bills in the 2016 session has been posted to help prepare members for the upcoming 2017 session.
GMA’s Susan Moore Receives Outstanding State League Counsel Award
On Sept. 29, GMA’s General Counsel Susan Moore was awarded the Outstanding Legal Counsel Award by the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA). The association established this award to honor those attorneys who serve as counsel to their state league of cities or association, and who are recognized for their valued service to the members of their organizations and for their skills as attorneys.
2017 Preservation Awards
For more than 35 years the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized preservation projects and individuals in the state who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Each year, the Preservation Awards ceremony is held during the weekend of The Georgia Trust Spring Ramble. The poastmark deadline for nominations is Monday, November 7, 2016.
DCA Announces New Underwater Georgia Program
On September 28th the Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced the launch of Underwater Georgia, a new HomeSafe initiative specifically targeted to the approximately 150,000 Georgians who owe more than their homes are worth. Homeowners approved through Underwater Georgia can receive a one-time payment of up to $50,000 to reduce the principal balance on their home.
2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award
At the Georgia Municipal Association we believe Georgia is home to some of the best cities in the nation. Cities that uphold strong and ethical values and practices that keep residents No. 1 and that make for the best places to Live, Work and Play
. We’ve partnered with Georgia Trend Magazine to highlight exceptional Georgia cities with the 2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award.
Cities Recognized for Ethics Ordinance
Two cities were recognized for earning the “Cities of Ethics,” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah, June 28. The cities of Lenox and Pelham join more than 200 cities that have received the City of Ethics designation.
Municipal Hall of Fame Grows with Three New Inductees
GMA inducted Palmetto Mayor Clark Boddie, Perry Councilmember Phyllis Bynum-Grace, and former LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah.