Bills regarding ETHICS

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HB 370

ETHICS

WRITE TO THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE and tell them to amend this Bill.  It gives too much power to the Governor.  Do we trust the Governor?  That is your choice but share your voice!  This Act seeks to establish the Office of State Inspector General in Delaware. The governor would nominate a candidate to serve as inspector general, with the Senate needing to confirm the nomination. The term of office for the post would be five years. The inspector general created under this act would be charged with investigating complaints of waste, fraud, abuse or corruption regarding state employees or state executive branch agencies. State agencies would be required to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the office of inspector general, including full access to the personnel, records, and the premises under agency control. The inspector general would have subpoena powers and would employ police officers for the purpose of conducting potential criminal investigations. The office of inspector general would be mandated to share general audit and investigation reports with the public, excluding only that information needed to comply with Delaware confidentiality laws or which might compromise an ongoing criminal investigation. Audits, investigations, inspections and reviews conducted by the office of inspector general would be subject to independent quality assurance reviews every three years, with the results shared with the public. This Act would become effective 180 days after it is enacted and upon appropriate funding being budgeted for the office’s operations.

Primary Sponsor: M. Smith (R)

Status:  STUCK in House Administration Committee since 3/31/22

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HS 1 for HB 293

ETHICS

AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DE CODE RE PUBLIC COMMENT AT OPEN MEETINGS.  HS 1 for HB 293 differs from HB 293 by revising the limitations a public body may impose on public comment as follows: 1. It requires that the time for public comment provide a meaningful opportunity for the public to engage with the public body. 2. Allows a public body to impose reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on the length of the public comment period and the amount of time allotted for each person providing public comment; also includes technical corrections to conform to existing DE law/standards in DE Legislative Drafting Manual; requires a Super Majority vote for passage because § 1 of Article IX of the DE Constitution requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members.

Primary Sponsor: Baumbach (D)

Status:  Out of House Administration Committee 4/13/22. On Ready List.

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HCR 42

ETHICS

REQUESTING AN ADVISORY OPINION OF THE JUSTICES OF THE DELAWARE SUPREME COURT REGARDING THE PROPER CONSTRUCTION OF § 13 OF ARTICLE III OF THE DELAWARE CONSTITUTION AND ENABLING A JOINT COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE THE PROCESS TO BE USED TO REMOVE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL PURSUANT TO § 13 OF ARTICLE III OF THE DELAWARE CONSTITUTION.

Primary Sponsor: Lynn (D)

Status: Passed House and now sent to Senate for consideration

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SUPPORT

HB 49

ETHICS

Recognizes the statutory authority of the Governor to act in the event of an emergency or disaster. During protracted emergencies and disasters, particularly those lasting more than 30 days, good governance requires participation by the General Assembly to approve renewal of Emergency Orders. 

Primary Sponsor: Collins (R)

Status: Introduced in Committee 5/18/21; TABLED in House Administration Committee.

Action: TABLED =  POTENTIALLY DEAD IN COMMITTEE; Write, Call, and Champion this Bill IN FAVOR--TO MOVE IT FORWARD

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OPPOSE

SB 256

ETHICS

Watch 4/13 Hearing here

The Dems have submitted an ABUSE OF POWER PREVENT ACT.  Think about HOW they intend to use this?  They already missed opportunities with Darius Brown.

Updates the crime of official misconduct to ensure appropriate accountability of public servants who abuse their positions of power and public trust. The statute establishes a grade in the penalty for the official misconduct to be commensurate to the gravity of the misconduct. 

Primary Sponsor: S. McBride (D)

Status: Out of Senate Judiciary Committee  4/13/22.  On Ready list.

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ActionOut of Senate Judiciary Committee & On Ready List 

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OPPOSE

SR 25

ETHICS

Creating a "national bank" for any reason has more problematic implications than we can explain in one email.  It expands government - Big government, is NEVER a good thing.  To clarify, SR 25 expresses Delaware's support for the Congressional bill HR 3339, which would create a national bank to finance infrastructure projects.

Primary Sponsor: Ennis (D)

Status: PASSED by Senate

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Write to all Legislators to indicate your outrage and opposition to pre-suppose DE citizens support this Bill; even though this passed, you can tell the legislators you do not support this type of action!  Not ALL Delawareans support this bill!

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HB 405

ETHICS

New! Introduced 4/28/22.

In the current hostile, one-party rule environment, this proposed bill has potential to be abused & provide a legal platform within which to create a personal and/or political vendetta. This Act sounds good on the surface  to establish an independent & nonpartisan Office of the Inspector General (OIG) & the position of the Inspector General. THE KICKER:  The Governor SELECTS them!  When a selection is made, this should be accomplished by a SUPER-MAJORITY vote in the legislature.  The OIG will purportedly protect the health & safety of Delaware residents, assist in the recovery of misspent or inappropriately paid funds, and strengthen government integrity and the public trust.  Look at the structure being put in place to publicly smear and/or support vendettas (i.e., lawsuit is currently pending on allegations against the State Auditor).  This act has potential to be an interference and support  a "legal façade".  Look into this, study it, use your abilities of logical and critical thinking, and THEN decide if you TRUST enough to believe this "surface" and pious [potential] deception.

Primary Sponsor: Kowalko (D)

Status:  New! Introduced and assigned to House Administration Committee on 4/28/22.

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