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Sine Die: Day 40 of the 2014 Legislative Session

March 20, 2014
Papers being thrown in the air signifying the end of the legislative session

Sine Die. Without day.  No designated date. Not assigning a time or day for a future meeting.

Day 40 of the Georgia Legislative Sessions is always referred to as “Sine Die” signifying the end until next year. The Latin phrase, thought to have first been used in the 17th century, still holds precedent and prestige today over 500 years later.

This is the last day senators and representatives have to pass bills through the Georgia General Assembly where they will then be sent to Governor Nathan Deal to await his signature or veto. Elected officials, lobbyists, interns, pages, doorkeepers and everyone in between spend the day scrambling around making sure everything gets done.

On Tuesday, Day 39, there were still 82 bills and resolutions that needed to be discussed on the Senate floor alone. Today senators will discuss about 39 of those bills and resolutions (not including those bills that have been tabled which could also be brought up) before the paper is thrown in both chambers signifying the end. It'll be a busy day filled with busy people.

Be sure to stay up-to-date in real-time with the Senate and House Twitter feeds.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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