Delaware State Representative Deborah Hudson has once again introduced a bill which would demand ALL school boards in Delaware digitally record their board meetings and make them available to the public. It was also introduced in the 147th General Assembly as House Bill 23, but was never put out for a vote. So let’s do the time warp again and pray this bill gets a full vote by the House and Senate and passes! With all of the shenanigans made public by various charter schools in the past year, this is needed and transparency needs to rule the day as Kilroy would say. I think this bill has much stronger muscle in the House this time, but the Senate will need some work.
What is interesting is who sponsored it last time and who is doing so now. We have Hudson and Karen Peterson as a co-sponsor. Dukes, Baumbach and Kim Williams from the House stayed on. From the Senate we have just Greg Lavelle. Gone as sponsors from the House in House Bill 23 are D. Short, Miro, Peterman, Mitchell, Bennett, and Wilson; and from the Senate, Hocker, Simpson and Townsend have left. But House Bill 61 does have new sponsors from the House: Briggs King, Hensley, Yearick, Bolden, Jaques, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski and Paradee, and the Senate: Bonini.
The actual wording on the bill looks the same as House Bill 23. The only additional language is the part about executive sessions, workshops and retreats not being included as their are no votes at these sessions.