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lllSo, Gerry and Judy McManus bought their Lawrenceville dream home with bay windows and large porches on 7.5 acres back in 1997. But, for the past four years they have been embroiled in a nasty little legal spat with Gwinnett County. The McManuses sued Gwinnett County because of water runoff issues.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

While our Georgia appellate courts have been busily working on the usual array of tax, condemnation and immunity issues, the rumble on the distant horizon is not coming from Atlanta. It is coming from Washington, D.C. It is coming from Everytown, U.S.A.

Published Date: March 10, 2014

In an effort to address growing technological needs from Georgia’s vast and varying courts, the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts (GAOC) has taken the legislative position that general legislation allowing local courts to establish technology fees is warranted and neces¬sary.

Published Date: January 6, 2014

The purpose of this publication is to provide a step-by-step guide to the present annexation laws contained in Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated for use by lay persons, city officials, city staff and particularly, local government attorneys.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

GMA is pleased to provide this revised Georgia Model Municipal Charter as an aid to city officials who wish to modernize their existing city charter.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

This publication is to familiarize city officials with some of the important basics in the area of alcoholic beverage regulation.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

Redistricting, or "reapportionment" is the redrawing of the boundaries of an elective political district.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

GMA conducted a one hour webinar on December 5, 2015 to highlight recent changes to Georgia’s immigration laws and to review reporting requirements for SAVE and E-Verify.

Published Date: December 6, 2013

All local governments receiving proceeds from SPLOST must publish a SPLOST report in a newspaper of general circulation within that city or county and on the government website, if they have one, by December 31 of each year.

Published Date: November 27, 2013

Preclearance of voting issues, including municipal districts, precinct locations and annexation approval, is no longer required because of a decision from the United States Supreme Court earlier this summer.

Published Date: October 30, 2013

Ah, the storm water run­off case. Well, the ones you read about in the paper usually fit the de­scription. The majority of others would be bet­ter described as rain wa­ter runoff cases.

Published Date: October 8, 2013

The fate of cities’ Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) agreements in at least 17 counties are in limbo following a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday, Oct. 7, that declared “baseball arbitration” unconstitutional because it delegates taxing powers to the courts, a violation of the separation of powers provision of the Georgia Constitution.

Published Date: October 7, 2013

A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the city of Dahlonega in determining how Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues would be split.

Published Date: September 19, 2013

Creating an effective code enforcement program begins with an understanding of state law and the various legal tools available to local governments.

Published Date: September 13, 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, SB 160 passed which makes significant changes to Georgia’s state immigration laws and the immigration mandates placed on Georgia’s cities. These changes take effect on July 1, 2013, and should only be enforced on or after such date. This FAQ has been developed to help cities answer questions about the changes to the state immigration laws.

Published Date: July 1, 2013

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