As predicted, the final hours of the Delaware 148th General Assembly are going to be a hotbed of activity. It will be Governor Markell’s last chance to get the legislation HE wants passed while he is still Governor. For the Senate Joint Resolution #2 Assessment Inventory Committee, no date has been scheduled for their next meeting. The final report is due 6/30/16. And just now, the Delaware Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution #56. This concurrent resolution which will most likely get passed by the Delaware House of Representatives today, extends the due date for the final report of the Education Funding Task Force. This group was formed from Senate Joint Resolution #4 last year.
These are the kinds of shenanigans where transparency goes out the window. Rules are suspended so bills aren’t heard in committee and bills fly in and out of Legislative Hall on the last day of session. The Governor will sign them because he is the one calling all the shots. And on so many of these kinds of bills, we see the same names: Sokola and Jaques. The education bullies of the state. The ones who treat the Delaware DOE and State Board of Education like they are the royalty of Delaware. The ones who treat parents and their rights as if they are a fly to swat away. The ones who take good education bills and make mincemeat of them (or try). Enough. Someone run against these two education thugs. Please! If I were a betting man, I would say the results of these two committees are a foregone conclusion and the legislation that will come out of them was written a long time ago. They just want to ram it through in the wee hours of June 30th, possibly into July 1st. When everyone will be going nuts over the budget, Markell will take advantage of this and get his usual legislative accomplices to do his work. WAKE UP DELAWARE!
As reported by Randall Chase with the Associated Press yesterday, Delaware’s Cyber Security Advisory Council kicked off their first meeting with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) violation. But what the article didn’t cover was how the state tried to cover its tracks after the meeting.
James Collins, the state’s chief information officer and head of the council, then said the panel would meet in executive session, even though Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act requires that such closed-door meetings be noticed ahead of time.
But do they have the ability to time travel into the future to give that notice? Apparently, they do!
This is the agenda for the first meeting as shown on Delaware’s Public Meeting Calendar website.
It looks like they have everything covered, right? Including a FOIA Exemption Proposal because they know they are violating FOIA. Here is the page from the Public Meeting Calendar website:
Looks okay to me, right?
In the above picture, taken from the bottom left-hand corner of the Public Meeting Calendar notice, it shows three change dates. 3/3/2016 was the original posting of the meeting, 3/22/2016 I would assume had the addition of the FBI Agent giving the briefing on the unclassified threat, and the 3/23/2016 change was to give notice about the group going into executive session to discuss the unclassified threat. So maybe Randall Chase got it all wrong, right?
Nope. This picture is the properties of the PDF. If you right-click with your mouse on a PDF, it tells you when a PDF was created and modified. This PDF was actually created yesterday, 3/23/2016 at 3:17:16pm. It was a brand new agenda. The part blacked out is my own personal location for my computer which I didn’t think was necessary to throw out there so I will fully admit I blacked it out in the picture.
Someone should really file a FOIA complaint on this one to the Delaware Department of Justice! Oh wait, I already did…