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Civil Asset Forfeiture Suspended
February 9, 2016
On Dec. 21, 2015, local law enforcement agencies received notification from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the agency is temporarily suspending payouts under the federal Equitable Sharing Program. 

Blechinger Elected Third Vice President of GMA Blechinger Elected Third Vice President of GMA
January 26, 2016
​Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger was elected third vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s Mayors’ Day Conference on Jan. 24.

Gov. Deal Announces Major Transportation Investments Gov. Deal Announces Major Transportation Investments
January 12, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal, joined by legislators and Georgia Department of Transportation representatives, today released a comprehensive infrastructure maintenance plan made possible through the Transportation Funding Act of 2015. 

New Fireworks Law Causes Explosion of Complaints
January 8, 2016
Since Georgia legalized the sale of fireworks during the 2015 Legislative Session, city officials have received numerous complaints from city residents. 

Political and Policy Proposals Sought on Cityhood Movements & Annexation
January 8, 2016
A House Annexation, De-annexation and Incorporation Study Committee and a Senate Committee met this past year to make recommendations on future cityhood proposals and other ways jurisdictional borders can change.

Cities Look Ahead to the 2016 Legislative Session Cities Look Ahead to the 2016 Legislative Session
January 8, 2016   |  Tom Crawford
Legislation that will be introduced during the 2016 session of the General Assembly may assist municipal governments in their dealings with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR).

GMA Added to Suit Against Transportation Bill
January 1, 2016
GMA has been added as a defendant in the constitutional challenge against HB170, the transportation funding bill passed by the General Assembly last legislative session.

Court Hears Motions on Transportation Funding Suit
December 22, 2015
The Constitutionality of Georgia’s transportation funding bill, HB 170, is likely going to come down to what the term “motor fuel taxes received by the state” means, said Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney. 

Senate Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation Study Committee Issues Final Report
December 15, 2015
The Senate Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation Study Committee has issued its final report. 

Georgia’s First Ladies Continue Mayors’ Motorcade Tradition
December 2, 2015
Georgia’s First Ladies kicked off the first two of five Mayors’ Christmas Motorcades, continuing a tradition started by former First Lady Betty Vandiver and Georgia’s cities in 1959. 

NLC Urges Congress to Protect Local Gains in Transportation Bill
November 24, 2015   |  Michael Colvin, National League of Cities
Earlier this month, leaders in the House and Senate appointed conferees to hammer out a compromise between the two chambers' proposed long-term transportation bills.

Pundits Agree Civility Needed in Politics Pundits Agree Civility Needed in Politics
October 9, 2015
Theron Johnson and Todd Rehm, Democratic and Republican political consultants respectively, discussed party politics, the presidential election and how local issues impact home rule decisions at the Georgia Capitol at GMA’s Legislative Policy Council meeting Oct. 8.

City Finances Continue to Improve, but New Report Shows Recovery from Great
September 30, 2015   |  National League of Cities
A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) reveals that municipal finances have stabilized in the wake of the Great Recession, but the recession's effects are still evident in city budgets across the nation.

Georgia Truckers File Suit in Attempt to Limit Use of Local Sales Taxes on Fuel Georgia Truckers File Suit in Attempt to Limit Use of Local Sales Taxes on Fuel
September 21, 2015
A class-action lawsuit filed recently by the Georgia Motor Trucking Association and several trucking companies challenges House Bill 170, Georgia’s recent transportation funding legislation. The truckers contend sales taxes imposed by local governments on motor fuel can only be expended for “providing and maintaining an adequate system of public roads and bridges” and “road and construction maintenance.”

Federal Transportation Funding at Risk of Being Reduced or Eliminated
August 31, 2015
As Congress continues working on a transportation funding bill in advance of the expiration of the current extension of MAP-21  at the end of October, the House seems poised to reduce - or even eliminate - the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which is the primary funding source available through GDOT for projects like rails to trails, streetscapes, sidewalks, bike paths, and multi-use paths.

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