When the General Assembly adjourned “sine die” near midnight on July 1st, it was the end to one of the most contentious biennium sessions in recent memory. The 2015 “long” session was the longest in a decade, lasting almost into October, and featured several high-profile battles between the House, Senate and Governor. While the 2016 “short” session (second year of the biennium) adjourned earlier than any in recent memory and did not feature the same kind of drawn out battles we witnessed last year, it was not without moments of significant drama. Despite an insistence from leaders in both chambers that major, controversial issues would have to wait until the next long session (a pledge which was upheld much more than insiders expected back in April), conflicts still managed to erupt and derail major priorities for each chamber. As we detailed in the previous report, bills that were important to two Senate leaders were shot down by the House on the final day of session, and the resulting breakdown between the chambers stranded several high-profile pieces of legislation – including a regulatory reform package that had taken weeks to negotiate; an anti-immigration measure opposed by law enforcement but seemingly destined to pass; and a trio of Constitutional amendments that would have appeared on the November ballot, including one to cap state income tax levels. Read the full report here