From Rep. David Casas (R-Lilburn):
However, in the final minutes Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) took the well of the Senate and filibustered a measure that would have revised certain provisions relating to the removal of new municipal corporations from county special districts for the provision of local government services. The filibuster went until midnight and prohibited the Senate from taking up any other measures.
The result was the death of many good bills. A bill to offer tax incentives to Delta died as did SB 288 which would have included honors courses in calculations for HOPE scholarships and would have protected teachers from being required, coerced, intimidated, or disciplined in any manner to change the grade of a student.
SB 596 which would have created the Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank for postnatal tissue and fluid faced an agonizing death as did SB 881, the dispensing opticians bill, and HB 1390, the bill that would have provided prescriptive authority to optometrists.
There are other bills that faced the ax of midnight sine die and those authors will have to wait until the next term of the General Assembly to reintroduce them.