Cozy sine die inside Senate chambersby Dara Kam | April 30th, 2010
It looked for a while like the session would end without the ceremonial sine die hankie drop.
Not to worry, traditionalists.
House Speaker Larry Cretul shut down shop about two hours before his counterpart Jeff Atwater, in his final turn as President and as a senator, unhurriedly guided his chamber to a conclusion.
About 8:30 p.m., Cretul and a bipartisan contingent of House GOP leaders and Democrats entered the Senate and lined the center aisle as the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms prepared to drop the white hankies.
At 8:47 p.m., the hankies fell.
It lacked the pageantry but was a much more intimate affair than in prior years, and there was no chance that newly-non-partisan Gov. Charlie Crist could drop in out on the rotunda floor. (He couldn’t have anyway; he was en route to Miami).
“It took us a while, but we finally got the House to come around to the Senate position,” Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, joked later.