Georgia lawmakers have now made it to the other side. That is, the other side of so-called Crossover Day, which took place Monday at the state Capitol. They are now three-quarters of the way through the 2014 legislative session, and barreling toward the end, currently scheduled for March 20. Any bill that didn’t pass one of the General Assembly’s chambers Monday won’t have a shot at becoming law in the final ten days of this year’s 40-day legislative session.
Monday is Day 30 of Georgia’s 40-day legislative session. With three-quarters of the session behind them, lawmakers will use the day to make the final determination on what bills will have a shot at becoming law and what bills will die for the session. Day 30 is called Crossover Day because any bill that passes one chamber by this point in the session automatically crosses over to the other chamber for consideration. And after Day 30, the remaining bills--the ones that have passed either the House or the Senate--are the only ones that might become law.
Thursday was a relatively quiet day at the state capitol on so-called "Crossover Day" when compared to previous years. On the 30th day of each year's 40-day legisltive session both the House and Senate often convene late into the night to debate bills that haven't yet been voted on by either chamber.
House lawmakers made a dash for the finish line during the General Assembly’s longest and busiest day of the legislative session. Facing a midnight deadline, lawmakers debated a laundry list of bills late into the night Wednesday. The marathon voting session was to push as many bills through before midnight—any bills not passed by the chamber in which they were introduced would be killed.