Clean Slate in 2015, Over-Load in 2016
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 17, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
When Georgia’s representatives and senators convened for the 2015 General Assembly January 14th, their legislative plate was empty, well it was almost empty, except for several dozen pre-filed bills and resolutions that accumulated after November 15th. Some of them were officially introduced during the session, but those left in limbo could be brought to life as late as next year’s session.
Since the Constitution of the State of Georgia ordains the power structure of the state it, also, outlines the responsibilities of state officials and their terms – two-years for senators and representatives and a two-year life span of legislation. For example: since 2015 was the first half of the current two-year legislative term, bills and resolutions introduced this session remain alive for the 2016 session, unless they passed both House and Senate or were defeated in either House or Senate this year.
House bills and resolutions that remain alive for the 2016 session are returned to committee for next year’s business, along with bills and resolutions that passed the Senate but not the House. Continue reading