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General Assembly makes it easier to change your name

Both the House and Senate have unanimoulsy passed a bill that remove an antiquated hurdle in the process of changing your name. Currently, if you want to change your name in Delaware, and in 30 other states, for some reason you still have to take out a classified ad in your local newspaper alerting the public that you have in fact changed your name. And you had to do it once a week for three weeks. This raised privacy and inequality issues. What if you couldn’t afford it?

House Bill 274 eliminates that requirement from the Name Change process in Delaware. It does not replace it with any other sort of method of publishing requirement. Which is fine, since it is no one else’s business if you want to change your name legally or not.

Senator Kyle Evans Gay, the lead sponsor: “There are many reasons that someone might want to legally change their name — people who are transitioning and victims of domestic abuse, just to name a few. House Bill 274 removes the requirement for people seeking a legal name change to publish their petition in the newspaper. Thank you to the advocates who brought this issue forward and thank you to my colleagues in the Delaware General Assembly for advancing this legislation to Governor John Carney’s desk.”

House Bill 274 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Osienski, Baumbach, Carson, Heffernan, K.Johnson, Morrison, Wilson-AntonHouse Passed 39-0-2. Baumbach Bentz Bolden Freel Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King Collins Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende YearickAbsent: Bennett, D.Short
Gay, McBride, Pinkney, SokolaSenate Passed 20-0-1. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson WilsonAbsent: Sturgeon
Current Status: Sent to Governor Carney

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