DOVER – Senate Majority Leader Nicole Poore, D-New Castle, released the following statement regarding the failure of HB 3 in the Senate on Wednesday:
“Hundreds of federal workers in Delaware are facing difficult if not impossible decisions this week. In New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, they are looking to their state leaders for some sort of solution. Tough times call for a team effort, and it was encouraging to see HB 3 pass the House unanimously on Tuesday.
That’s precisely why it was so disappointing to watch this urgently needed bill fail today. Over 500 federal employees in Delaware were fair to expect similar bipartisanship in the Senate today and they didn’t get it.
Let’s be clear about what House Bill 3 would have done. Through a simple, low-interest, temporary loan program – established through partnerships with financial institutions and nonprofit organizations – it would have allowed federal workers to pay their bills for one more month. Rent, mortgage, groceries, insurance, you name it – this bill was a lifeline to Delaware families that are struggling and it is genuinely regrettable that we failed to pass it today.”
DOVER – Legislators, advocates, and spectators crowded into the Senate Chamber on Wednesday to witness the fourth and final vote to approve the Equal Rights Amendment in Delaware as the Senate voted 16-5 in favor of House Bill 1, Delaware’s equal rights amendment.
Following the roll call, these words became constitutional law in Delaware: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.”
Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, hailed the victory as an historic moment and a significant step forward for equality in Delaware.
Madame President, I rise as the 150th General Assembly begins its second legislative day of the first session for two reasons: first, to share with you, my respected colleagues, an indelible impression that struck me as I reviewed the Senate committee assignments, the chairs and vice chairs and the committee members you now have in hand; and second, to make an announcement regarding the end of session procedure for this Chamber that should both promote the efficiency of our June deliberations and provide added safety for legislators and staff.