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Capitol comes back to life with start of new session

Special to SEGAZINE

Most of the year, the oil paintings and statues in the state Capitol stare at little but shifting shadows in a vast building as quiet as an elementary school in July.

Then the second Monday in January, early, people start filtering in. By 10 a.m., a few hundred people, mostly but not overwhelmingly men, stand nearly shoulder to shoulder, talking, shaking hands, slapping backs and waiting for what’s about to start.

That is, lawmaking in Georgia.

“You can’t really sleep the night before,” said state Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon. He’s one of 180 state representatives under Georgia’s Gold Dome. There are 56 senators.

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