The House has passed Senate Bill 26 unanimously, but not before amending and ping ponging the bill back to the Senate, which the House loves to do. Of course, the Amendment this time seems to be just a technical change, and not substantive, so the Senate should be able to pass this bill on a consent agenda easily.
This bill ‘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.’
|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||House Amends and Passes 40-0-1. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Friel 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 D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick||Absent: Wilson-Anton|
|Current Status:||Sent back to the Senate for another vote|
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.”