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Model Purchasing Card Policy

May 29, 2015
During the 2015 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation which provides for penalties to elected officials who abuse or misuse government issued purchasing cards. These penalties can include civil fines and criminal offenses and should be taken very seriously.
Cities that provide purchasing cards or credit cards to elected officials are now required to set specific policies regarding their use. The newly enacted law sets forth in statute specific requirements which must be in any local government policy concerning these cards. As a result, GMA has developed a short model purchasing card policy.

This model policy should not be taken as legal advice. If a city has any further questions it should consult with its city attorney. Before enacting any model policy or ordinance city officials should consult with their legal counsel to ensure everything necessary for the city to follow state law is included in the enacted policy or ordinance. 

Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Rusi Patel at rpatel@gmanet.com
The sample ordinances, agreements, job descriptions and other documents listed here are provided as examples only and should not be utilized until a thorough analysis of the respective document has been undertaken by the city.

Job descriptions should be written with the assistance of an attorney, industrial psychologist, or consultant skilled in content validity procedures and aware of the potential legal ramifications of job descriptions as imposed by the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Model and sample ordinances, agreements and other documents are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to be legal advice. Cities should consult with their city attorney to obtain legal advice about a proposed course of action.