The Delaware ADA chapter has finished and released the 2014 Legislative Report Card! The report card serves as a guide for judging which Members of the 147th Delaware General Assembly act as champions for social and economic justice issues, as well as which ones are not working to move forward progressive legislation to benefit the State of Delaware.
The Report Card bases scores on whether Legislators furthered 17 selected pieces of legislation (e.g. increasing the minimum wage,extending civil marriage to same-sex couples, and decriminalizing marijuana) that Delaware ADA believes propel social and economic justice through their co-sponsorship, committee votes, and floor votes.
Susan Meany, chair of the Action Electoral Politics working group, noted, “It’s important to identify what our elected representatives sponsor and vote for when they get to Dover. This report card allows the public to decide which politicians are fighting for just causes and who deserves our vote to stay in office.”
A few findings:
The report card names 13 legislators “Delaware ADA Heroes” – legislators who excelled at promoting social and economic justice through co-sponsorship, committee votes, and floor votes.
Senators Karen Peterson, Margaret Rose Henry, Dave Sokola, and Bryan Townsend, along with Representatives John Kowalko, Paul Baumbach, Debra Heffernan, Mike Barbieri, Kim Williams, and Gerald Brady return as “Delaware ADA Heroes” this year!
Representatives Helene Keeley, Charles Potter, and Bryan Short made their debut this year as inaugural “Delaware ADA Heroes!”
The report card also names 10 legislators “Delaware ADA Zeroes” – those legislators who did little to promote the 17 pieces of legislation.
Representative John Atkins was the only Democratic legislator in the state who is on the list as a “Delaware ADA Zero”
“It’s an honor for our organization to be able to recognize such excellent work on behalf of Delawareans,” said Mike Matthews, President of the Delaware chapter of ADA. “At Delaware ADA, we focus a great deal of attention on social and economic justice and these “Delaware ADA Heroes” represent some of the state’s best advocates on behalf of all residents.”
Click here to look up specifically how your legislator did this year!