Delaware Senate votes to open redistricting process to the public
DOVER, Delaware: The Delaware Senate unanimously passed a bill this week that would effectively bring transparency to the state's redistricting process. The bill, SB 50, was proposed by Senate President Pro Tempore Anthony DeLuca (D). He stated, "I think it’s important that the actions that we’ve taken so far be made public and any actions that we take on this process from now forward be done in the public.”
Under the measure, all proceedings and internal communication related to redistricting would fall under the Freedom of Information Act. Caucus meetings are currently closed door affairs and legislator's emails are exempt from FOIA.
The bill now goes to the House, but its future is not clear. House Majority Leader Peter Schwartzkopf (D) has referred to it as unnecessary, saying DeLuca "doesn’t need a bill to do what he’s saying.” The Senate and House have both encouraged citizen participation in the redistricting process and are currently holding public comment periods. Citizens are being asked to send suggestions, plans, and requests to the following:
House of Representatives
Attn: Erik Schramm
411 Legislative Ave.
Dover DE 19901
Delaware State Senate Redistricting
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 19901
- WDEL, "Senate approved redistricting process bill," April 13, 2011
- NewsWorks, "Remapping bill clears Del. Senate," April 13, 2011
- Delaware Online, "Delaware Senate votes to open up its emails and caucus meetings to the public — for redistricting only," April 12, 2011
- Delaware Online, "Schwartzkopf: DeLuca’s redistricting bill not needed," April 5, 2011
- Dover Post, "Both houses commit to open redistricting process," April 13, 2011