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December 13, 2017
On December 13, 2017, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (also known as the State Ethics Commission) met and took up a late fee hardship waiver request concerning a late fee from 2013.


December 11, 2017
This guidance document provides information on how structural fill materials composed of recovered clean concrete and/or cured asphalt may be excluded from regulation as inert waste disposal under the Rules for Solid Waste Management. According to the Environmental Protection Division (EPD), It may be beneficial for municipalities to adopt ordinances that reflect this guidance.


November 30, 2017
GMA launched an e-procurement program with the Home Depot Pro-Xtra to help cities save money and time when purchasing goods and services. The e-procurement program provides cities with a dedicated team at Home Depot for all purchases. Purchases can be made on-line and picked up at local stores, or be delivered to the city.


November 30, 2017
This summer, GMA Deputy Executive Director Cal Wray announced his retirement at the end of this year. In Wray’s 30-plus years at GMA, he oversaw the development of the association’s employee benefit funds. Under Wray’s leadership, these funds have grown to over $2 billion in assets.


November 17, 2017   |  National League of Cities

In October 2016, the U.S. government approved a $14.7 billion settlement against Volkswagen for violations of the Clean Air Act. $2.7 billion will be given directly to states to fund projects to reduce nitrogen oxide at the local level. Cities can access these funds to upgrade aging diesel-powered vehicles, install electric vehicle charging stations, or implement other green strategies. 


November 16, 2017
On Nov. 15, the Immigration Enforcement Review Board (IERB) formally moved that Complaint #2017-13—filed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle against the city of Decatur—will proceed to an initial hearing.


November 7, 2017   |  Georgia Department of Transportation
Optimize funding by validating centerline mileage for the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) program. LMIG provides funds for local governments to improve local roadway networks. The funding source for LMIG is a percentage of the state motor vehicle fuel tax. Use of LMIG funds requires adherence to adequate roadway standards, accounting practices, and applicable transportation plans.


November 1, 2017
The GMA Board of Directors has named Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson as the executive director of the association. Hanson becomes the sixth full-time executive director of the organization since it was created in 1933.


October 24, 2017
Earlier this year, a group of local elected officials launched the “75 South Corridor Coalition” to improve branding and better communicate the resources and opportunities between the metro areas of Atlanta and Macon.


September 29, 2017
On September 21, 2017, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission met to discuss Proposed Rule 189-7-.03, among other topics.  The Commission voted to table the proposed rule until the next meeting.


September 29, 2017
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.


September 26, 2017
The White House and a group of Republican legislators and administration officials known as the “Big Six” are expected to release a framework for tax reform on Wednesday and the municipal bond tax exemption is one of the exemptions that is on the table.


September 22, 2017
Some GMA members have received emails that appear to come from trusted staff at GMA. These emails indicate the city is being invoiced by GMA and contains a link to an invoice. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.


September 22, 2017
Savannah Shines is a multifaceted, coordinated approach to neighbor­hood revitalization and will address four areas: private and public prop­erty, public safety and community en­gagement. 


September 21, 2017
Georgia’s cities are gearing up to participate in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA). The LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. Every person undercounted equates to lost revenues for Georgia’s communities.


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