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Sine Die 2016
Sine Die, also known as Day 40 of the Georgia Legislative Session, represents the ending of another year, no more convening … until next year, that is. Latin for “without day,” Sine Die traditionally signifies the conclusion of 40 days of the Georgia legislature.
Today is the last day our State Senators and Representatives have to pass bills through the Georgia General Assembly. After today, if a bill wants to be passed by the Georgia legislators, they must wait until next year! Once those pink, yellow and green papers are tossed into the air, that's it. Session will be over.
Because of this, Sine Die is always an extremely busy day as legislators rush to get their bills on the floor. Dozens and dozens of bills are typically discussed each year on Sine Die. In the Senate alone, over 40 bills have been tabled awaiting discussion on the Senate floor for today.
Is this the last step in a bill’s life? Not quite … Once a bill is passed, then it heads over to the Governor who can decide to sign it, do nothing or veto.
About the Author
Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.