2022 Legislative Priorities

We're going into the 151st General Assembly's 2022 legislative session full steam ahead. With support from Delawareans like you, we're well on our way to protecting and expanding Delawareans' civil liberties.

Here are ACLU-DE's legislative priorities for the 2022 session. Click the links below each bill to learn more, show your support, and get involved.


Our Bills

The issues and bills we’re working on this year.

 

Smart Justice

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We Oppose the Substitute Bill for SB 149

Advocates and police reform experts have been clear: meaningful police reform must come by significantly amending Delaware’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBOR). A substitute for SB 149 (SS1 for SB 149) was introduced on Monday, March 21, 2022, and we have come out in public opposition to this bill — because it removes any chance for effective change. Please read our full statement to learn more about our position on the SB 149 substitute bill.

Read Our Statement

 

Housing Justice

SB 101: Right to Representation for Eviction Defense

86% of Delaware landlords have representation from an attorney or agent in evictions court, but only 2% of tenants do. This puts tenants facing eviction at a significant disadvantage, leaving them to navigate a legal process that’s designed to protect landlords.
SB 101 is an opportunity to level the playing field. This bill would create a right to legal representation for eviction defense for low-income tenants, and it would also create programs and guidance to help resolve payment or other issues between tenants and landlords.

Learn more about SB 101

Tell your legislator: support SB 101

 

Voting Rights

HB 25: Same-Day Registration

Delaware currently makes voters register 25 days before an election, one of the longest deadlines allowed by federal law. It’s time to modernize Delaware’s voter registration system and remove unnecessary barriers to voting.
Same-Day Registration (SDR) eliminates the need for advance registration by allowing eligible voters to register and cast a ballot at the same time on Election Day or during an early voting period. By combining registration and voting, SDR streamlines the voting process, eases the burden on voters, and increases voter participation.

Learn more about HB 25

Tell your legislator: support our voting rights

 

HB 75: No-Excuse Absentee Voting

The Delaware State Constitution limits absentee voting to a handful of circumstances, or "excuses," under which Delawareans may request an absentee ballot.
When we make voting more accessible, more people participate. HB 75 would permanently guarantee the right to no-excuse absentee voting by amending the Delaware State Constitution and providing the General Assembly with power to regulate the circumstances, rules, and procedures for absentee voting.

Learn more about HB 75 

 


Bills We Support

Our community partners are working on some important bills for Delawareans’ civil liberties. Here are a few that we strongly support:

 

Cannabis Legalization

HB 371: Legalization of Recreational Cannabis
Delaware Cannabis Policy Coalition

For far too long, the failed War on Drugs has devastated communities through arrests and mass incarceration. The legalization of cannabis is a logical next step to stem the tide of drug arrests and to begin to heal the wounds created by punitive cannabis laws.
In addition to legalizing recreational cannabis,

LEARN MORE ABOUT HB 371

HB 372: Delaware Marijuana Control Act
Delaware Cannabis Policy Coalition

HB 372 regulates and taxes cannabis in the same manner as alcohol. The bill also creates an oversight committee, licensing requirements, and ensures that people with prior drug convictions and their loved ones have equitable access to participate in a newly-created legal cannabis marketplace.

Learn more about HB 372


Economic Justice

SB 1: Healthy Delaware Families Act (Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance Program)
Delaware Cares Coalition

In Delaware, nearly 60% of workers are without access to unpaid leave. This lack of access creates burdens across demographic groups, but it disproportionately burdens women, and especially women of color.
SB 1, the Healthy Delaware Families Act, would ensure that all Delaware workers can access up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for themselves or a family member with a serious illness, to bond with a new child, or for a family member’s military deployment.

Learn more about SB 1

Ask your legislator to support SB 1

 

Smart Justice & Economic Justice 

HB 244: Fines & Fees

When Delawareans face court-ordered fines and fees, many are unable to pay the amount they’ve been assigned. This can begin a “debt spiral,” leading from fines and fees to incarceration to more court-ordered debts.
HB 244 would eliminate a number of fines and fees, and would also prohibit the Division of Motor Vehicles from suspending driver’s licenses as a penalty for nonpayment of a fine, fee, costs, assessment, or restitution.

Learn more about HB 244

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