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One Problem with Sunset Clauses: Which you wouldn't necessarily expect:

And whereas, at the time of the invasion of this State by the British troops in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, the public records were sent away, to prevent their falling into the hands of the enemy, and have not yet been returned into this State, from which cause the several laws heretofore passed, and which may be now expiring, cannot with precision be known, and, if no remedy be applied, there is reason to believe great injury may accrue to the citizens of this State, for the prevention whereof, Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all laws passed before the twenty-ninth day of December one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, which are or may be near expiring, and that are not repugnant to the constitution of this State, or in their nature temporary, be, and they are hereby declared to be in full force, and that they shall continue in force, until repealed by this or some future legislature."

An Act to Continue the Several Laws of This State Near Expiring, and for Other Purposes Therein Mentioned § 2 (Ga. 1783), reprinted in Robert Watkins & George Watkins, A Digest of the Laws of the State of Georgia, No. 279, at 281, 282 (Phila., R. Aitken 1800).

 


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