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Government Accountability and Transparency

A Better Delaware believes that the key component to having better policy is to improve government accountability and transparency. Both encourage more citizen involvement, as well as improved and informed legislation and action. Delaware State Government has operated behind closed doors, while the state sleeps, and without public input for far too long.

 

ABD supports

HB 133: Governmental Accountability Act

This Act amends the Delaware Governmental Accountability Act to make the annual budget process part of a performance management system of strategic planning, performance metrics and performance budgeting, dedicated to continuous process improvement that makes government more efficient, reduces costs and eliminates waste in the process and operations that deliver goods and services to taxpayers, customers and employees of State government.

 

HB 136: End session at 7 pm on last day

This would prohibit the regular session of the General Assembly from extending beyond 7:00 p.m. on the last day of June, unless the session is recalled by the Governor or the presiding officers of both Houses. Currently, legislative session carries on past midnight on June 30, reducing transparency to the public.

 

HB 135: “Crossover Day”

This is the first leg of a constitutional amendment creating a “Crossover Day” deadline for each House of the General Assembly to send legislation over to the other House. The annual budget appropriation act, grants-in-aid act, bond and capital improvements act, and resolutions are excluded from this deadline.

 

Note: This measure was enacted by rule from House and Senate leadership.

 

HB 26: Review period for fiscal measures

This Act is the first leg of a constitutional amendment that requires the General Assembly to wait 48 hours from the introduction of the budget appropriation bill, bond and capital improvement act, and act making appropriations for certain grants-in-aid bill, or any substantive amendment or substitute bill to such bills, before voting on such legislation. A three-fourths vote is needed to waive this requirement.

 

HB 217: Post- employment restrictions for elected officials

This would prohibit a former member of the General Assembly from being appointed to or employed in a position in a State agency for 1 year after the former member’s final term of office if: The position was created during the former member’s final term of office, or the compensation for the position was increased during the former member’s term of office and the former member did not hold the position during the former member’s term of office.

 

HB 137: Candidate Tax Disclosure

This Bill requires all statewide and other candidates that may appear on the general election ballot to disclose: if 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. Lawmakers must show they have paid taxes, when given the power to issue new taxes and tax increases on the people.