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Sine Die 2015: Without Day

April 3, 2015
Georgia State Senators throwing paper in the air for Sine Die

The time-honored tradition of Sine Die ended Day 40 of the 2015 legislative session on Thursday, April 2. Our state legislators have been at the Capitol in downtown Atlanta for a little more than 3 months pouring through legislation to keep our state great. On days 39 and 40, the Georgia State Senate alone discussed over 80 bills on the Senate floor.

During the last hours of the session, Governor Deal made a guest appearance showing his appreciation and support for our state legislators. However, keep in mind, more than just elected officials put in hard work and long hours during the legislative session. House Speaker David Ralston took time to thank each member of the Georgia House of Representatives including,

  • Administrative assistants
  • The IT Department
  • The Communications Office
  • Post Office workers
  • Doorkeepers
  • The Georgia State Patrol
  • Interns
  • The Fiscal Office
  • Aides
  • Page staff

House doorkeeper Robert “Chip” Stewart commented on how hard everyone works during session. Being a part of the Georgia House of Representatives gives Chip great satisfaction. “It’s an honor to be able to serve. It makes me feel special,” he said.

At around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, the traditional pink, yellow, green and white papers were distributed to legislators’ desks where they (with the help of the pages) began shredding them into tiny pieces. At the stroke of midnight (or, in the State Senate’s case, about 10 minutes after midnight), the legislators declared Sine Die (“without day”) and threw the shreds of paper in the air. Everyone hugged, laughed and relaxed their shoulders. It was over.

At least, until next year!

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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