Adjournment

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  • A term generally used in reference to legislative activities, meaning, in that context, “termination of a legislative day on the completion of business, with the hour and day of the next meeting being set prior to adjournment.” A related term, adjournment sine die, Latin for “without a day; an indefinite period,” generally refers to “the final adjournment of a legislative session” (Illinois General Assembly, n.d.).

    When used in reference to the U.S. Congress, adjournment sine die means “the final adjournment of an annual or the two-year session of a Congress.” The Congress of the United States also uses other, constitutionally significant, related terms. Adjourn for more than three days is important because “under the Constitution, neither chamber may adjourn for more than three days without the ...

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