The 2011 Legislative Session came to a close at midnight on Thursday, April 14. As is often the case, there was a flurry of activity the last few legislative days, and then a lot of smoke to clear for a good week after. The governor has stated that he will call for lawmakers to return for a “Special Session” on August 15, where state redistricting lines will be voted on.

Note: Governor Deal has already commenced to signing legislation which passed both Chambers. Any such bill not signed or vetoed within 40 days of the end of the 2011 session will be considered passed into law. That 40th day this year occurs on May 24.

In addition, because 2011 is the first year of two in the General Assembly’s biennial schedule, bills which did not pass or fail this session will resume where they left off at the start of the 2012 Legislative Session.