I decided to change up the Vote Tracker and how it is organized. Before, it was organized by the status of the bills, as in what bills were in Committee, what bills were on Ready Lists, what bills were passed or defeated, or were in limbo. Now, every bill will be listed under categories to make it easier to find specific bills. Those categories are, in no order of importance because every category is important:
- Government Reform (bills related to FOIA or open government or changing government processes)
- Criminal Justice (bills related to criminal justice reform or the criminal justice system)
- Drug Control
- Jobs – Economics – Consumer Protection
- Healthcare – Health Insurance
- Taxes – Budget
- Gun Control
- Civil Rights – Discrimination
- Voting – Elections
You will notice some colors on the chart below. If a bill is highlighted in yellow, that means it is a must pass for this session. These are bills that any Democratic Majority in any other state legislature would pass without a second thought, and thus, they must pass here. Enough Delaware Way excuses. These bills must be passed or else the Democratic voter will wonder what the point of having Democrats in the majority is. Understand Pete and Dave? You win elections by getting your voter to the polls, not by converting Republicans.
Bills highlighted in green have been passed by the General Assembly and either have been signed by Governor Carney or will be or don’t need to be (i.e. Constitutional Amendments).
Bills highlighted in red have been defeated, either by vote on the floor or in committee or have been tabled on the floor or in committee.
The last column on the right is new: BD Position. Because not all bills we follow here are bills that we, or Democrats in the General Assembly, should support. Most bills, as you will see, we do support. Some bills we will be neutral on. And some bills we will oppose.
You can access our Vote Tracker page anytime you want by clicking on the Vote Tracker tab on the main horizontal menu below our Blue Delaware logo on the front page.