Legislative Policy Council & Policy Committees

Legislative Policy Council

Chair: Jim Thornton Mayor, LaGrange - 1st Vice President

GMA Staff: Tom Gehl, (678) 686-6247

Community Development Policy Committee

Chair: Linea Miller, Councilmember, Suwanee

GMA Staff: Thomaesa Bailey, (678) 686-6255

  • Downtown Development
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Historic Preservation
  • Tourism
  • Human Services

Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee

Chair: Steve Edwards, Mayor, Sugar Hill

GMA Staff: Michael McPherson, (678) 686-6390

  • Water Supply
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Air Quality
  • Soil Erosion
  • Wetlands
  • Parks and Recreation

Municipal Government Policy Committee

Chair: Bianca Motley Broom, Mayor, College Park

GMA Staff: Tom Gehl, (678) 686-6247 or Charlotte Davis, (678) 686-6291

  • Annexation
  • Growth Management
  • Land Use
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Home Rule
  • City/County Relations
  • Regional Issues
  • Elections
  • Building and Construction Codes
  • Open Meetings/Records
  • Right-of-Way Management
  • Telecommunications
  • Utility Deregulation

Public Safety Policy Committee

Chair: Fred P. Perriman, Mayor, Madison

GMA Staff: Tom Gehl, (678) 686-6247

  • Local Law Enforcement and Administration
  • Municipal Jails
  • Municipal Courts
  • Fire Safety and Emergency Management
  • Disasters
  • Juvenile Justice

Revenue and Finance Policy Committee

Chair: James E. Elliott, Jr., City Attorney, McDonough and Hawkinsville

GMA Staff: Tom Gehl, (678) 686-6247

  • Revenue Resources
  • Taxation
  • Bond Financing
  • Certificates of Participation
  • Lease and Lease Purchase
  • Impact Fees
  • Property Assessment
  • Unfunded Mandates

Transportation Policy Committee

Chair: Cornell Harvey, Mayor, Brunswick

GMA Staff: Thomaesa Bailey, (678) 686-6255

  • Transportation Planning
  • Highways, Local Roads and Bridges
  • Airports
  • Rail Crossings and Rail Safety
  • Public Transportation
  • Ports