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March 9, 2016
​The first of three Transportation Investment Act (TIA) project delivery bands has recently come to a close. As promised to the citizens of the three regions that passed the TIA referendum in 2012, River Valley, Heart of Georgia Altamaha (HOGA) and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), all 261 Band 1 projects are underway or have been completed.


February 9, 2016
On Dec. 21, 2015, local law enforcement agencies received notification from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the agency is temporarily suspending payouts under the federal Equitable Sharing Program. 


January 26, 2016
​Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger was elected third vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s Mayors’ Day Conference on Jan. 24.


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. 


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


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.


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).


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.


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. 


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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