The Consevative Caucus of Delaware, Inc. is a non-profit, education-based organization, founded in 1984 to promote the conservative viewpoints on issues, such as fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, right to life, religious liberty, strong defense, educational freedom and the right to self-government.
To that end, please join us as we advocate for reforms and champion the actions of those that work tirelessly to educate and mobilize like-minded citenzendry to do their part to bring about change.
LIST OF ISSUES WE ADDRESS
On a regular basis, we'll be reviewing legislation from the General Assembly that either beneficially or adversely impacts Delawareans. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly and are posed to push their social justice agenda, along with increased taxes and increased spending.
House Bill (HB) 137 - Elections and Candidate Tax Disclosure
This bill requires all statewide and other candidates who appear on the general election ballot to disclose: that their State and Federal personal income tax returns are filed, any tax due has been paid, and whether or not all their real property taxes have been paid. The primary sponsor Rep. Morris (R. 30th); additional sponsors are Sens. Hocker (R. 20th), Lawson (R. 15th) and Rep. Smyk (R. 20th). Co-Sponsors are Sens. Delcollo (R. 7th), Pettyjohn (R. 19th), Sokola (D. 8th), Wilson (R. 18th) and Reps. Briggs-King (R. 37th), Dukes (R. 40th), D. Short (R. 39th), Michael Smith (R. 22nd), Spiegelman (R.11th), Vanderwende (R. 35th), and Yearick (R. 34th).
HB 32 - Decrease Realty Transfer Tax
This bill decreases by 1% the rate of realty transfer tax to be received by the State, thereby returning to the rate that was applicable prior to August 1, 2017. The primary sponsor is Rep. Ramone (R. 21st); additional sponsors are Sen. Delcollo (R. 7th) and Rep. Hensley (R. 9th). Co-Sponsors are Sens. Lawson (R. 15th), Pettyjohn (R. 19th) and Wilson (R. 18th); Reps. Briggs-King (R. 37th), Dukes (R. 40th), Gray (R. 38th), Michael Smith (R. 22nd) Spiegelman (R. 11th), and Yearick (R. 34th).
There are currently two Pro-Life House Bills pending in the General Assembly – HB 52 and HB 53. The primary sponsor of both bills is Rep. Collins (R. 41st); additional sponsors are Sens. Hocker (R.20th), Lawson (R. 15th), Pettyjohn (R. 19th), Wilson (R. 18th); and Reps. Dukes (R. 40th), Postles (R. 33rd), Vanderwende (R. 35th), and Yearick (R. 34th).
HB 52 also amends Title 24 of the Delaware Code. According to the synopsis, “[t]he Act protects the life of the unborn child at a time when the potential for the child to survive outside the womb increases, especially with the advancement of medical procedures. Specifically, this Act repeals the current sections of the Delaware Code relating to termination of human pregnancy and enacts The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Substantial medical evidence exists that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization. As set forth in this Act, the General Assembly has the constitutional authority to make this judgment under decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In enacting The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Delaware is not asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn or replace the holding in Roe v. Wade. Rather, it asserts a separate and independent compelling state interest in unborn human life that exists once the unborn child is capable of experiencing pain.”
HB 53 amends Title 24 of the Delaware Code. It requires a physician to offer a patient ultrasound imaging and auscultation of fetal heart tone services before terminating a pregnancy. The physician would be subjected to civil and criminal penalties for the failure to comply with this requirement. But, the patient can choose not to view the ultrasound or listen to the heartbeat. This Act is known as The Woman's Ultrasound Right to Know Act.
Senate Bill (SB) 155 - Minimum Wage Increase
The bill will gradually increase Delaware’s minimum wage from $8.75 per hour to $15.00 per hour by 2024. The state minimum wage is already higher than the federal minimum wage. Moreover, the $15 minimum wage has been tried and failed. The primary sponsor is Sen. Brown (D. 2nd); additional sponsors are Sen. Townsend (D. 11th) and Rep. Brady (D. 4th). Co-sponsors are Sens. Lockman (D. 3rd), Walsh (D. 9th) and Reps. Dorsey Walker (D. 3rd), Kowalko (D. 25th), Osienski (D. 24th).
Three Senate Gun-Control Bills:
Senate Substitute 1 for SB 68 - Long Gun & Handgun Ban
This bill is a is a draconian ban on numerous long guns and handguns incorrectly characterized as “assault weapons.” The primary sponsor is Sen. Townsend (D. 11th); additional sponsors are Sen. McDowell (D. 1st) and Rep. Chukwuocha (D. 1st). Co-sponsors are Sens. Sokola (D. 8th), Sturgeon (D. 4th) and Reps. Baumbach (D. 23rd), Bentz (D. 18th), Bolden (D. 2nd), Heffernan (D. 6th), K. Johnson (D. 5th), and Kowalko (D. 25th).
SB 70 - Magazine Ban
This bill bans magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. The primary sponsor is Sen. Sokola (D. 8th); additional sponsors are Sens. Townsend (D. 11th) and McDowell (D. 1st) and Rep. Baumbach (D. 23rd). Co-sponsors are Sen.Sturgeon (D. 4th) and Reps. Bentz (D. 18th), Bolden (D. 2nd), Chukwuocha (D. 1st), and Kowalko (D. 25th).
SB 82 - Firearm Purchase Permit
This bill requires, among other things, that the firearm purchaser apply for a purchaser card so that he or she would then be “authorized” to purchase a handgun or firearm. It also “required that an applicant complete a firearms training course within two years before (emphasis added) the date of application.”
The primary sponsor is Sen. Laura Sturgeon (D. 4th); additional sponsors are Sens. Townsend (D. 11th) and McDowell (D. 1st) and Reps. Griffith (D. 12th) and Bentz (D. 18th). Co-sponsors are Sens. Lockman (D. 3rd) and Sokola (D. 8th) and Reps. Baumbach (D. 23rd) and Bolden (D. 2nd).
All governments spending must be held to strict financially prudent standards. Unfortunately, there is a temptation to spend now and pay later. An example of the adverse consequences of an irresponsible policy is the challenge facing state and local governments over so-called "legacy costs" due to public employee retirees. State and local governments have promised to provide their workers with retirement income and health care benefits while failing to fund them out of current tax revenues. These costs have been placed on the backs of future taxpayers, who now face a rising tax burden that may be impossible to bear. Naturally, the public employee retirees expect that promises made to them will be honored. This practice and all similar practices must stop. Governments must live within their means; this can only be achieved if citizens exercise constant vigilance over government spending.
An individual has the right to enjoy the income from own's own labor. The current tax system places an unfair burden on working Americans, while nearly half of the population pays little or no income taxes at all.
RIGHT TO LIFE
The right to life, as contemplated in the Declaration of Independence and subsequently incorporated in the Fourteenth Amendment, recognizes that life is the First Right of Americans. Moreover, no government resources shall be used to encourage, sanction, or assist the taking of human life from conception to natural death.
The government should not be permitted to interfere with the freedom of individuals to pray to God; nor should there be any officially established religious or secular orthodoxy. The First Clause of the First Amendment clearly, "prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, ...."
The defense policy of the United States should be based on a goal of strategic and tactical supremacy on land, sea, air, and space. Our foreign policy should have as its sole and overriding purpose, to safeguard the national interests of this country. We are not the world's policeman.
The right of the parents to define the conditions and content of their children's education must outweigh the power of government to interfere in the selection of textbooks and teachers, or to use the school to indoctrinate children with the political, cultural, and social objectives of government officials. We champion competition in education by eliminating the uneven playing field that sends our tax dollars only to government schools. We support the use of school vouchers and the like to achieve this goal.
We encourage responsible stewardship of the environment. Too often, regulations are attempts to protect vested interests, even non-controversial regulations, such as hazardous waste disposal, are used by vested interests to stifle completion or exercise an undue burden on the right t to use one's property.