The House Republicans, aside from a few yes votes for the suspension of rules for House Bill 50, are trying to save face by proposing a House Resolution directing the Secretary of Education to come up with opt-out policies for districts to abide by. The resolution would call for these policies by May 1st, well into the testing window for Smarter Balanced. I’m hearing the Republicans in the House want the corporate tax bill, House Bill 235, and made side deals to vote no on the suspension of rules for House Bill 50. They know their House Resolution is useless, but they want to look good for the voting public come election day.
First off, a House Resolution is not enforceable at all. Legislative resolutions typically apply to the rules of the chamber, the House or Senate. It does absolutely nothing. They want to attempt to shove a House Bill regarding opt-out and accountability that will sit in a committee until this legislative session ends on June 30th. Selling the souls of children so they can get a corporate tax bill passed is atrocious.
The no votes on the suspension of rules today were the following: Reps. Bolden, Brady, Briggs-King, Carson, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Hudson, Jaques, J. Johnson, Q. Johnson, Kenton, Longhurst, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Outten, Peterman, Potter, D. Short, Smith, Smyk, Viola, Wilson, Yearick, and Schwartzkopf
The yes votes were Reps. Baumbach, Bentz, Collins, Hensley, Keeley, Kowalko, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski, Paradee, B. Short, Spiegelman, and Williams
Rep. Ramone would not vote, and Rep. Bennett was absent.
The House just voted on a suspension of rules for House Bill 240, and the following reps that were unable to vote yes for a suspension of rules for a student and parental rights bill just voted YES to do so on a corporate tax bill:
Bolden, Brady, Carson, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Jaques, J. Johnson, Q. Johnson, Kenton, Longhurst, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Outten, Potter, D. Short, Smith, Smyk, Viola, Wilson, and Schwartzkopf
You all need to be ashamed of yourselves. Corporations are more important than parents. That’s the message you are sending the people of Delaware. Good luck in your elections.
Updated: State Rep. Lyndon Yearick voted NO on the suspension of rules for BOTH House Bill 50 and House Bill 235. He indicated to me that he is not a big fan of any suspensions of rules.