Speak Out: Legislative scorecard

During the first leg of the 150th General Assembly, Rep. Kim Williams, a Newport Democrat, topped the other 61 members of the General Assembly, introducing the largest portion of the 617 measures that have been presented as legislation since the 2018 election.

Among the 617 measures introduced since December were bills to legalize marijuana, reinstate the death penalty, raise the minimum wage to $15 and create a permitting process to buy a gun. But while legislation like those four proposals consumed most of the headlines, much of what lawmakers debate every year receives little attention.

• Every law passed is simply a further restriction of your rights and freedoms. Thank you Kim for taking so much away. — James Green

• These are the people that hate you for your freedom. — Eric Shimp

• The fewer laws that are passed, the freer we will remain, and the more of our own money we will have to use as we see fit. — Philip L Puschel

• How many of these bills and measures are constitutional? Good for the people not restrictive of the people? How many were for bigger government than less government? It’s not a competition on how many bills you can bring up and get passed. — David A Gibson

• Asked what she saw as the most important proposal she sponsored this year, Rep. Williams had trouble picking just one, in fact citing half a dozen. Well seems to me like she did not put much thought into any of them. This is what you get when you have elected Democrats. Bump your shin and get a bill about shin bumping. — Pete Parks

• I actually enjoyed the article about who shows up for the job — for votes. Thank you Jeff Spiegelman — we may not always agree on the vote, but you missed zero days, unlike some of the better-known named folks who are failing their districts by missing days! — Diane Butters-Eastburn

• The legislature made some good progress this year on some topics, including criminal justice reform, the opioid crisis, and education. But I was disappointed to see some vital bills kicked down the road again: cannabis legalization; the creation of additional personal income tax (PIT) tax brackets for wealthier Delawareans (that would allow a tax cut for middle class Delawareans); decades-overdue property reassessment; abolishing the Youth & Training Wage; moving towards a true living wage for all Delawareans; and the End of Life Options Act. — Eric Morrison

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