House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms dropping their handkerchiefs to signal sine die and end the 2007 Legislature.

House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms dropping their handkerchiefs to signal sine die and end the 2007 Legislature.


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  • MF1722

Year

  • 2007

Date Note

  • Photographed on May 4, 2007.

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General Note

  • Later, when the Senate occupied the south wing in 1947, the need for this ritual disappeared as the Speaker and President could see each other when the Chamber doors were swung open fully at the time of adjournment. This line-of-sight arrangement prevails in the New Capitol. Nevertheless, from time to time, the Sergeants will drop the handkerchief, primarily for the benefit of news photographers.
  • During the years when the House Chamber was at the north end of the Old Capitol and the Senate Chamber was in the east wing, the presiding officers could not see each other nor were they in telephonic communication. On those occasions when the houses adjourned sine die simultaneously, the House and Senate Sergeants would stand in the rotunda where they could be observed by the Senate President and House Speaker. The Sergeants would drop a handkerchief at the moment agreed upon for adjournment and the gavels would fall in each house to formally signal the end of the session.
  • Also, there have been more occasions nowadays than in the past when the two houses adjournmed at different times and no signal, by telephone, handkerchief or line-of-sight, was necessary.
  • Accompanying note: "House Sergeant-at-Arms Ernest Sumner, left, and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Donald Severance, right, drop their traditional handkerchiefs signaling sine die before a crowd in the Capitol rotunda, ending the 2007 Legislature."

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Chicago Manual of Style

Geddings, Meredith Hill. House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms dropping their handkerchiefs to signal sine die and end the 2007 Legislature. 2007. Color digital image, . State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/135208>, accessed 24 May 2019.

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Geddings, Meredith Hill. House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms dropping their handkerchiefs to signal sine die and end the 2007 Legislature. 2007. Color digital image. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 24 May. 2019.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/135208>.

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