The Senate has passed Senate Bill 26, which ‘requires that meetings of the Board of Trustees for the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and Delaware Technical and Community College must be livestreamed using technology that permits the public to hear all participants contemporaneously.’ The vote was unanimous.
Senate Sponsor Dave Sokola: “We’ve all learned some hard lessons during the pandemic, including how we can use technology to increase participation in our democracy.Here in the Delaware General Assembly, we began live-streaming both our floor votes and our committee meetings last year – an advancement born out of necessity that resulted in a large uptick in public participation because community members no longer need to drive to Dover to have their voices heard.”
“Transparency is critical for a healthy democracy and I believe we can do more to advance adoption of live-streaming technology to other aspects of public life, including the board meetings of our higher education institutions.”
“I want to thank my colleagues in the Delaware Senate for unanimously passing legislation that Rep. Paul Baumbach and I sponsored requiring the Board of Trustees for the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and Delaware Technical and Community College to livestream their meetings from now on.”
|Senate Bill 26 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Sokola, Brown, Ennis, Gay, Hansen, Lockman, Mantzavinos, S.McBride, Paradee, Pinkney, Poore, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh, Bonini, Hocker, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn, RIchardson, Wilson||Senate Passed 20-0-1. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson||Absent: Lawson|
|Baumbach, Bennett, Briggs King|
|Current Status:||House Education Committee 4/13/22|