Delaware State Representatives – Republican Caucus

Posted on 12-19-2020

DECEMBER 18, 2020 – Senate Minority Leader Gerald Hocker (R-Ocean View) and House Minority Leader Danny Short (R-Seaford) say a plan released late yesterday by the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders will blunt the ability of citizens to make their voices heard on controversial bills.

State Senator Brian Pettyjohn commented on the plan to start the 151st Legislative Session virtually:  “There is a distinct difference in openness and transparency through virtual means, and openness and transparency through physical presence.  Virtual presence removes the ability of thousands of Delawareans to participate in the public process of government in the State of Delaware, and should be used in addition to – and not replace – physical meetings.  There has been ample time to make arrangements, place barriers, and develop protocols to keep the public, staff, and legislators safe during in-person session. 

I fully intend on being physically present in Dover on session days and taking the proper precautions to protect myself and those around me.  First responders, medical personnel, retail, and countless others meet the public face to face every day.  There’s no reason why we can’t do the same.” 
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