The hallways in the Georgia Capitol were eerily quiet and empty Tuesday. Lawmakers and a few lobbyists could be seen walking and chatting in a somewhat relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  It was the calm before the storm. This morning, the halls will be packed with hundreds of lobbyist and advocates, talking with senators, representatives and staff as the final day of the 2023 session of the Georgia General Assembly gets underway. It’s Sine Die – a day when anything can – and will – happen. 

Georgia’s lawmakers will work well into the night – probably up to the midnight mark or longer – to get bills across the finish line. While both Chambers have already passed a lot of major bills this session, several of the state’s most-watched bills are still waiting to have their fate decided. This includes a plan for school vouchers, sports betting, pay raises for police officers and even the state’s FY24 budget.  

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