Information on HB 146, Firefighters’ Cancer Insurance Benefits
Recognizing a need to provide assistance to Georgia’s firefighters when they contract cancer, while also protecting the financial interests of Georgia cities, GMA worked with firefighters, elected officials and insurance industry experts to identify a compromise solution. The result of these efforts, and with support from Representative Micah Gravley and Senator John Albers, has been the 2017 passage of House Bill 146, known as the Firefighter Cancer Insurance bill.
Brookhaven Task Force Prepares for Zoning Rewrite
Brookhaven is known as one of the fastest growing cities in the metro area. Just shy of its fifth birthday, it’s also one of the youngest. With the city being in its infancy, Brookhaven leaders have the opportunity to ensure that its growth is not just fast but smart.
HB 146: Firefighter Cancer Insurance Passes through Senate, Awaits House Approval
This legislation would require that legally organized fire departments have insurance coverage to pay claims for cancer. HB 146 would require local fire departments to provide a lump sum payment to any firefighter diagnosed with certain types of cancers and up to three years of disability payments to firefighters who, because of injury or illness, cannot work as a firefighter.
Bridges Receives ‘Lifetime Service’ Award
Former Sylvester City Manager Debbie Bridges received the Lifetime Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in recognition of her 40 years of service to the city.
Water Wars: Special Master Makes Finding in Georgia's Favor
A Special Master for the U.S. Supreme Court made a recommendation in Georgia’s favor in a suit brought by Florida over water allocations. GMA, in conjunction with ACCG, the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, filed a “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the state of Georgia. The Supreme Court can accept or reject the Special Master's recommendation, or proceed in an entirely different direction.
Congressman Drew Ferguson Shares Plans for New Position
In between initial meetings, preparing for the Inauguration and settling into his new office in Washington, D.C., newly elected Congressman Drew Ferguson, and former mayor of West Point, spent some time with Georgia’s Cities and shared more insight on the plans he has for his new position.
Mayors’ Day Serves as Real-Life Application for Youth Delegates
For years, the phrase: “Remember, Mayors’ Day isn’t just for mayors and it isn’t just for one day!” has accompanied Mayors’ Day Conference announcements—and that rang especially true this year as GMA hosted the biggest group of youth delegates in Atlanta.
Rome BID Presents Check to Support Free Downtown Shuttle Service
In December 2016, the city of Rome’s Downtown Development Authority Board presented a check on behalf of Rome BID (Business Improvement District) for $8,000 to The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) to help support the new, free shuttle service in Downtown Rome.
City Officials Analyze Legislative Priorities at Mayors’ Day
Mayors’ Day Conference attendees spent much of their Sunday, Jan. 22 and Monday morning, Jan. 23, in open discussion on possible issues of impact in several policy committee meetings and hearing from state leaders during the Legislative Networking Breakfast.
Water Projects and the 21st Century Cures Act Take Effect
The recent appropriations bill passed by the Senate includes appropriations of $100 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund for any state; $20 million for WIFIA loan and loan guarantees for water infrastructure projects nationwide; and $50 million to support public health initiatives such as lead poisoning prevention, research and health assistance.