HB177, which would have allowed public charging stations for electric cars on state properties, failed to pass the Senate on the final night of the session. The vote was officially 12-7-2, but that 2 number is not for absent but for not voting. For the bill to pass, it need 13 yes votes because this bill had fiscal impact on state agencies, meaning that it requires a 3/5 majority vote.
The bill got that majority in the House, passing 38-1-2. But in the Senate, we were one vote short while two Senators chose not to vote. They were there, able to vote, with no conflicts precluding their vote, and they both chose not to vote. The identity of these Senators? Anthony Delcollo and Cathy Cloutier, the two Northern New Castle County Republicans who represent very Democratic districts. Voting no explicitly likely damages their electoral prospects, so they took the coward’s way out, and decided not to vote.
This is precisely the reason we at Blue Delaware consider any not voting vote to be a no vote. We do not allow Delcollo and Cloutier to escape the reality and consequence of their not voting. They both killed this bill and they deserve and will get the blame for it
WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? Passed House 38-1-2. Defeated in Senate 12-7-2.
DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Griffith, Hansen, Q.Johnson, Baumbach
REPUBLICAN SPONSORS –
YES VOTES – HOUSE — Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey Walker D.Short Dukes Gray Griffith Hensley Jaques K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Michael Smith Minor-Brown Mitchell Morris Osienski Postles Q.Johnson Ramone Schwartzkopf Seigfried Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Viola Yearick ||| SENATE –Brown Ennis Hansen Lockman McBride McDowell Paradee Poore Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh
NO VOTES – HOUSE — Collins ||| SENATE – Bonini Cloutier Delcollo Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson
ABSENT – Briggs King Heffernan