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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.

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.

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