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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

LEGISLATION

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. 

STATE LEGISLATION

SUPPORT

House Bill 22 creates the Delaware Digital Right to Repair Act. According to the synopsis, “when an electronic product such as a phone or electronic game breaks, it is only allowed to be repaired by the manufacturer. Parts are not available whether you are a consumer or a local repair shop. This Act requires the manufacturer to make parts, documentation, tools, and updates available on fair and reasonable terms.” The primary sponsor is Rep. Briggs King (R. 37th); additional sponsor is Sen. Pettyjohn (R. 19th)Co-Sponsors are Sen. Wilson (R.18th) and Reps. Collins (R. 41st) and Osienski (D. 24th)

 

Senate Bill 17 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. The primary sponsor is Sen. Richardson (R. 21st); additional sponsor is Rep. Collins (R. 41st). Co-sponsors are Sens. Hocker (R.20th), Lawson (R. 15th), Pettyjohn (R. 19th), Bonini (R. 16th); and Reps. Morris (R. 30th) and Yearick (R. 34th).

House Bill 49 would govern the governor’s use of emergency directives.  According to the Synopsis, “This Act recognizes the statutory authority of the Governor to act in the event of an emergency or disaster. During protracted emergencies and disasters, particularly those lasting more than 30 days, good governance requires participation by the General Assembly to approve renewal of Emergency Orders. This approval requirement may be waived only when it is not possible for both houses of the General Assembly to convene a quorum. The Governor retains the authority to terminate Emergency Orders without approval when the emergency or disaster has passed. Any new non-weather-related emergency order issued within 6 months of the termination of a prior order and based upon substantially similar reasons shall be invalid unless approved by the General Assembly. Additionally, any non-weather-related emergency order that requires the closure of any business, industry, religious, or non-profit facility must specifically delineate which type of business or facilities are to be closed.” 

The primary sponsor is Rep. Collins (D. 41st), additional sponsor is Sen. Richardson (R. 21st) and co-sponsors are Sens. Hocker (R. 20th), Lawson (R. 15th), Pettyjohn (R. 19th), Wilson (R. 18th) and Reps. Gray (R. 38th), Postles (R. 33rd), Ramone (R. 21st), D. Short (R. 39th), Smyk (R. 20th), Spiegelman (R. 11th), Vanderwende (R. 35th), and Yearick (R. 34th).   

OPPOSE

House Bill 64 proposes tax increases that are significantly higher than neighboring states of MD, PA, & NJ. Delaware has had NO growth in the past 10 years; Delawareans can not afford to pay higher taxes, especially since the state is in a recession. The primary sponsor is Rep Kowalko (D. 25th); additional sponsors are Sens. Pinkney (D. 13th) and Sokola (D. 8th) and Reps. Morrison (D. 27th) and Wilson-Anton (D. 26th)Co-Sponsors are Sens. Ennis (D. 14th)S. McBride (D. 1st) and Reps. Baumbach (D. 23rd)Bentz (D. 18th)Chukwuocha (D. 1st)Lynn (D. 31st)Osienski (D. 24th), K. Williams (D. 19th).

Senate Bill 155 seeks to limit Freedom of Information Act Requests. The opening statements of the Synopsis state, “This Act revises…how public bodies may respond to FOIA requests that are  unreasonable, disruptive, or abusive; (emphasis  added)…It amends the examination and copying of public records provisions of FOIA to alleviate the significant time, resources, and financial burdens imposed on public bodies by FOIA requests that are unreasonable, disruptive, or abusive. This Act allows a public body to deny a request from a requestor whose intent is to disrupt the essential functions of the public body or abuse the process and allows a public body to charge administrative fees for all reviews, including the review and redaction of information exempt from FOIA….”

Sen. Kyle Evans Gay (D. 5th) is the primary sponsor; joined by Rep. Griffith (D. 12th) and co-sponsors, Sen. Sokola (D. 8th), Townsend (D. 11th) and Rep. Brady (D. 4th).  

 

House Bill 94 proposes an increase in the minimum wage for employees receiving tips/gratuities.  This is a disastrous policy for small business owners and employees in the restaurant industry, which is already struggling during the covid crisis. The primary sponsor is K. Williams (D. 19th); additional sponsors are Sens. Walsh (D. 9th) and Pinkney (D. 13th) and Rep. Kowalko (D. 25th). Co-Sponsors are Sens. Sokola (D. 8th) and Sturgeon (D. 4th) and Reps. Bentz (D. 18th)Brady (D. 4th)Lambert (D. 7th)Minor-Brown (D. 17th)Morrison (D. 27th)Osienski (D. 24th) and Wilson-Anton (D. 26th).

House Bill 75 was stopped. According to the synopsis, "[it] is the final leg of a constitutional amendment that would eliminate from the Delaware Constitution the limitations as to when an individual may vote by absentee ballot. This amendment to the Delaware Constitution provides that the General Assembly shall enact general laws providing the circumstances, rules, and procedures for absentee voting. The primary sponsor is Rep. Bentz (D. 18th); additional sponsors are Sens. Hansen (D. 10)Poore (D. 12th)Paradee (D. 17th) and Rep. Longhurst (D. 15th). Co-Sponsors are Sens. Ennis (D. 14th)Gay (D. 5th)Lockman (D. 3rd)Mantzavinos (D. 7th)S. McBride (D. 1st)Pinkney (D. 13th)Sokola (D. 8th)Sturgeon (D. 4th)Townsend (D. 11th)Walsh (D. 9th) and Reps. Baumbach (D. 23rd)Brady (D. 4th)Dorsey Walker (D. 3rd)Griffith (D. 12th)Heffernan (D. 6th)K. Johnson (D. 5th)Kowalko (D. 25th)Lambert (D. 7th)Lynn (D. 31st)Matthews (D. 10th)Mitchell (D. 13th)S. Moore (D. 8th),  Morrison (D. 27th)Osienski (D. 24th)Schwartzkopf (D. 14th)K. Williams (D. 19th)Wilson-Anton (D. 26th)

 

SB 6 - Permit to Purchase Firearm - Infringement on 2nd Amendment

This bill requires, among other things, that the firearm purchaser will have to apply for a purchaser card in order to be "authorized" to purchase of a handgun. "The applicant will incur costs related to fingerprinting and required training,...requires that an applicant complete a firearms training course within 5 years before the date of application, similar to what is required by Delaware’s concealed carry permit law. An individual licensed to carry a concealed deadly weapon is exempt from this requirement as they must already complete a firearms training course to be licensed."

The primary sponsor is Sen. Lockman (D. 3rd); additional sponsors are Sens. Townsend (D. 11th, Pinkney (D. 13th), and Sturgeon (D.4th); Reps. Dorsey-Walker, (D. 3rd),
Longhurst (D. 15th). Co-sponsors are Sens. Gay (D. 5th)Hansen (D. 10th)McBride (D. 1st), and Sokola (D. 8th) and Reps. Baumbach (D. 23rd), Bentz (D. 18th), Brady (D. 4th). Chukwuocha (D. 1st)Heffernan (D. 6th)Kowalko (D. 25th)Lynn (D. 31st)Minor-Brown (D. 17th), and Morrison (D. 27th).

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

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.

TAX REFORM

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. 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

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, ...."

DEFENSE

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.  

EDUCATION

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

GOVERNMENT REGULATION

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.