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Gov. Deal Announces Major Transportation Investments Gov. Deal Announces Major Transportation Investments
January 12, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal, joined by legislators and Georgia Department of Transportation representatives, today released a comprehensive infrastructure maintenance plan made possible through the Transportation Funding Act of 2015. 


New Fireworks Law Causes Explosion of Complaints
January 8, 2016
Since Georgia legalized the sale of fireworks during the 2015 Legislative Session, city officials have received numerous complaints from city residents. 


Political and Policy Proposals Sought on Cityhood Movements & Annexation
January 8, 2016
A House Annexation, De-annexation and Incorporation Study Committee and a Senate Committee met this past year to make recommendations on future cityhood proposals and other ways jurisdictional borders can change.


Cities Look Ahead to the 2016 Legislative Session Cities Look Ahead to the 2016 Legislative Session
January 8, 2016   |  Tom Crawford
Legislation that will be introduced during the 2016 session of the General Assembly may assist municipal governments in their dealings with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR).


GMA Added to Suit Against Transportation Bill
January 1, 2016
GMA has been added as a defendant in the constitutional challenge against HB170, the transportation funding bill passed by the General Assembly last legislative session.


Court Hears Motions on Transportation Funding Suit
December 22, 2015
The Constitutionality of Georgia’s transportation funding bill, HB 170, is likely going to come down to what the term “motor fuel taxes received by the state” means, said Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney. 


Senate Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation Study Committee Issues Final Report
December 15, 2015
The Senate Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation Study Committee has issued its final report. 


Georgia’s First Ladies Continue Mayors’ Motorcade Tradition
December 2, 2015
Georgia’s First Ladies kicked off the first two of five Mayors’ Christmas Motorcades, continuing a tradition started by former First Lady Betty Vandiver and Georgia’s cities in 1959. 


Cities’ Benefits Need to be Updated After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
August 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, requiring states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize same-sex marriages lawful­ly performed in other states, impacts how cities handle public and employ­ment benefits.


"Waters of the U.S." Rule Could Expand What Falls Under the Clean Water Act
June 8, 2015   |  Carolyn Berndt, National League of Cities
The new definition of "waters of the U.S." has the potential to expand the number of waterbodies that are federally regulated under the CWA.


Mayor Jackson Lobbies Congress to Fund Transportation Long-Term Mayor Jackson Lobbies Congress to Fund Transportation Long-Term
June 5, 2015
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson visited Washington D.C. on May 13 during National Infrastructure Week. In her role as Chair of GMA’s Federal Policy Council and GMA 2nd Vice President, Jackson represented GMA and Georgia cities in meetings with members of Georgia’s delegation and to participate in transportation-related media events coordinated by the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


New DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles Excited to Help Cities Achieve Their Goals New DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles Excited to Help Cities Achieve Their Goals
April 10, 2015
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has a new leader, Camila Knowles. Knowles was sworn into office on January 15. Her staff interviewed her back in January and GMA is publishing that interview along with the commissioner’s answers to a few questions of our own.


New or revitalized downtowns springing up all over Metro Atlanta
March 13, 2015   |  Arielle Kass, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Like many suburban cities across the metro area, the Gwinnett County community of Sugar Hill is making over its downtown to appeal to young millennials and retiring baby boomers who want walkable town centers with plenty to do.


Communities Taking Proactive Measures Ahead of Possible Military Cuts Communities Taking Proactive Measures Ahead of Possible Military Cuts
March 5, 2015
Having a military base nearby can be a major benefit to a local economy but the elimination or reduction in personnel of such a facility can be potentially devastating. 


Riley Discusses New Role as Revenue Commissioner Riley Discusses New Role as Revenue Commissioner
February 9, 2015
Newly appointed Department of Rev­enue Commissioner Lynne Riley sat down with Georgia’s Cities in Decem­ber of 2014 and discussed the oppor­tunities, challenges and issues that she faces in her new role.


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