Rich Collins was the only no vote in the House. But in the Senate, he was joined by 7 Republicans and 1 dubious Democrat. House Bill 175 allows one excused absence per school year for students in grades 6 through 12 to attend civic engagements such as visits to the United States Capitol, Legislative Hall, and sites of political and cultural significance, or participation in a rally, march, or protest.
It passed the Senate by a vote of 13-8. Every Senate Republican opposed this bill, I suppose because they want to keep children disengaged from our civic institutions so that they don’t concern themselves with elections and politics. Republicans need a stupid and disengaged citizenry to win.
For a student to attend a civic engagement event, the student’s parent or guardian must provide written permission no later than 3 school days prior to the student’s planned absence.
|House Bill 175 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Morrison, Dorsey Walker, S. Moore, Baumbach, Bentz, Brady, Briggs King, Heffernan, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Lambert, Longhurst, Lynn, Minor-Brown, Osenski, M.Smith, K.Williams, Wilson-Anton||House Passed 38-1-2. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick||Bolden (Absent), Collins, Matthews (Absent)|
|Sturgeon, Hansen, Lockman, S.McBride, Paradee, Pinkney, Walsh||Senate Passed 13-8. Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh||Brown Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson|
|Current Status —||Sent to the Governor|
Senator Laura Sturgeon: “As a retired teacher, I can speak from experience when I say that there’s no better civics lesson than getting involved in your community. It’s why I was proud to serve as the Senate prime sponsor for Rep. Eric Morrison‘s HB 175, a bill that would permit one excused absence per school year for students grades 6 through 12 to attend civic engagements such as visits to the United States Capitol, Legislative Hall, and sites of political and cultural significance, or participation in a rally, march, protest, or walkout. The bill passed the Senate today and now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature!”
Representative Eric Morrison: “Once this bill is signed into law, Delaware will be the first state in the nation to have such a law. I hope it sets a precedent for other states to follow.”