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Schemes, shenanigans, Sine Die: Inside the rush to get bills passed in Georgia

The last day of Georgia's 2018 legislative session, also known as Sine Die, is Thursday, March 29. All bills must pass before midnight to have a chance of becoming law.

The day is known to be a frenzy, host Greg Bluestein said on the latest Politically Georgia podcast. “Lawmakers are notorious procrastinators. Every Sine Die seems like cramming before a final exam.”

Guest and AJC veteran James Salzer estimated lawmakers vote more than 200 times on Sine Die, sometimes with only four minutes in-between, and compared the atmosphere in the chambers to that of a nightclub.

“It’s very hectic. It means, inevitably, members are voting on things that they don’t read,” Salzer said. “I’ll go back and I’ll interview legislators and almost every year I hear, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that was in there.’”

Hear past Sine Die stories from Bluestein and Salzer and learn what to expect this year on this week’s episode. 

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