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Scrap Tire Abatement Funds Available Scrap Tire Abatement Funds Available
May 12, 2016
Scrap tire piles have presented local governments with management challenges for decades, but now that old problem could be breeding a new health threat. 

Governor Deal Vetoes Two Bills of Interest to Municipal Officials
May 4, 2016
On the last day to sign or veto legislation, Governor Nathan Deal vetoed two pieces of legislation in which the Georgia Municipal Association was actively engaged.  

GeorgiaForward Looking for Next Round of Gamechangers
April 29, 2016
Statewide non-profit GeorgiaForward named Augusta as the location for its Fall 2016 Young Gamechangers leadership action program and opened applications for participants. In its fourth class, Young Gamechangers brings together 50 emerging leaders from around the state to one Georgia community to propose big idea solutions to some of their longstanding challenges.

GMA's Virtual Listening Session
April 26, 2016
The Georgia Municipal Association's Governmental Relations team conducted a Statewide Virtual Listening Session on Friday, April 22, 2016 to solicit feedback regarding future legislative priorities of cities. 

New Fees for Local Governments
April 19, 2016
The Georgia Department of Revenue has begun notifying local governments about new fees they are responsible for as a result of the passage of House Bill 170, the Georgia Transportation Funding Act, during the 2015 Georgia General Assembly

Mayor Hobby Stripling Finds His Way Back to Office Mayor Hobby Stripling Finds His Way Back to Office
April 8, 2016
When Vienna Mayor Hobby Stripling took the oath of office in January this year, it was exactly 48 years to the day since he’d first sworn to uphold the laws and serve the residents of Vienna. He served 20 years after being sworn in in 1968, but returned to office this year after retiring and returning to the place he’d called home for more than 50 years.

GMA Named a Top Workplace GMA Named a Top Workplace
March 28, 2016
GMA has been named one of the Top Workplaces for 2016 in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. GMA was ranked 46 among 75 small workplaces in Atlanta, and was included in the newspaper’s March 27 coverage of top workplaces. 

Truckers Lawsuit Hits Judicial Roadblock Truckers Lawsuit Hits Judicial Roadblock
March 17, 2016
The Georgia Motor Trucking Association’s (GMTA) lawsuit to limit use of local sales taxes on fuel to road and bridge projects came to an abrupt halt today when Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney granted a motion to dismiss the case

TIA Penny Paves the Way to Progress in Central Georgia
March 9, 2016
‚ÄčThe first of three Transportation Investment Act (TIA) project delivery bands has recently come to a close. As promised to the citizens of the three regions that passed the TIA referendum in 2012, River Valley, Heart of Georgia Altamaha (HOGA) and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), all 261 Band 1 projects are underway or have been completed.

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
‚ÄčAuburn 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).

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