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.
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.
Technological Leaps Lead Telecoms’ Legislative Efforts
Smartphones are a ubiquitous device across Georgia. Coupled with other technological advancements such as smart cars, driverless technology and the “Internet of Things” in which even regular household appliances will be connected to the Internet, telecoms have a lot of investments to make in the state to meet the growing technological demands. With the inevitability of a greater societal reliance on broadband Internet, telecom companies are stepping up advocacy activities in the state and pushing for legislative initiatives in 2017.
Tweaking the Single County ‘T-SPLOST’
GMA’s government relations team anticipates that legislation will be introduced to adjust the T-SPLOST law to allow more than one T-SPLOST in each county as long as the amount levied does not exceed 1 percent.
Cities Prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session
GMA is supporting a change in the state’s alcohol beverage law that makes it all but impossible for craft brewers to sell their product at the retail level without working through a wholesale distributor.
Officers, City Officials and Local Leaders Uncover Community Policing Solutions
On Dec. 7, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in partnership with the cities of College Park and East Point, hosted more than 100 elected city officials, municipal law enforcement officials and community members at the Georgia International Convention Center for GMA’s Regional Symposium on Community Policing.
New Overtime Rules Halted
On November 22, 2016, a federal district court judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing the new Overtime Final Rule which was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.
Fire Prevention Team Canvassing North Georgia
A special team from the Georgia Forestry Commission is reaching out to local residents, organizations and the media to share important information about fire prevention. As thousands of acres continue to burn across the region, GFC professionals are making personal connections to help keep people and property safe from wildfire.
Register Now For DOR Notification of “Significant” Sales Tax Refund Claims
The Georgia Department of Revenue needs all cities to designate a city official to receive information regarding a “refund claim of local significance”. New legislation that became effective July 1, 2016, as a result of HB 960 requires the Department of Revenue to notify each local government affected by a “refund claim of local significance.”
2017 Preservation Awards
For more than 35 years the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized preservation projects and individuals in the state who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Each year, the Preservation Awards ceremony is held during the weekend of The Georgia Trust Spring Ramble. The poastmark deadline for nominations is Monday, November 7, 2016.