Would Delaware majority legislate the disenfranchisement of all non-union??!!

Posted on 01-25-2023

Senator Dave Wilson:

This week, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 35, the mini-bond bill. Ordinarily, it requires a simple discussion and passes unanimously. However, this year, language was inserted that raised concerns among members of the Latino community, particularly within the construction industry. Essentially, SB 35 creates a pilot program which includes a provision that would disenfranchise non-union contractors or subcontractors from bidding or working on public projects. I introduced an amendment to correct this, but it failed along party lines.

My Senate Republican colleagues and I support 99% of what was in the mini-bond bill, but we also support equal opportunity to provide a living. Language within this bill eliminates that opportunity and, for that reason, we voted No.

In this video, I discuss how controversial proposals are rarely, if ever, inserted into the mini-bond bill, which typically passes unanimously. Javier Torrijos, an engineer, business owner and advocate for Latino community, explains how this bill will hurt their businesses and how the Senate Republican’s amendment would have fixed it. Finally, hear the floor testimony of Senate Republican attorney, Anthony Delcollo, who outlines what the bill will do and the potential conflict with the Delaware Constitution.

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SB 35 Disenfranchises Minority-Owned Construction Businesses


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