COMMENTARY: Constitution at risk at Legislative Hall, but not by SB 89

Lawson, David G. by .

When I was sworn in to the Delaware Legislature, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Every legislator did. I introduced SB 89, the American Laws for American Courts bill as a safeguard to upholding that Constitution. Now, because of the misunderstanding and actions of a few, this bill is not being heard. The […]

Delaware Department of Education playing a shell game

Last spring, the Delaware Department of Education asked for $7.5 million to, among other things, continue funding 10 Race to the Top positions. The Joint Finance Committee was quite clear on the subject when we told DOE, “No.” We gave them $3.75 million as direct pass-through money to go to programs in schools and very […]

COMMENTARY: Markell HB 50 veto … Opt-out or cop-out?

It has been over a week since we received Gov. Markell’s message that he had vetoed House Bill 50 (the parental opt-out-rights bill). We feel it is our obligation, as responsible lawmakers, to thoroughly review and consider all aspects of Gov. Markell’s stated reasons for vetoing this legislation.

Unfortunately, we found little if any reasonable logic to the governor’s action and explanation. Quite frankly, there were a few questionable inaccuracies in the statement that lead us to believe that Gov. Markell’s action was premeditated with little thought given to the overwhelming support from parents, teachers, administrators, school boards, and the General Assembly for HB 50.