Jack Markell on Government Reform

Delaware Democratic Governor


Broaden disclosure requirements for political ads

HB300: The Delaware Elections Disclosure Act would reform and modernize Delaware's election disclosure laws.

Analysis by Brennan Center, August 15, 2012: The Delaware Elections Disclosure Act corrected a loophole all too common in state disclosure schemes that allows outside groups to evade disclosure requirements by refraining from expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate ("Vote for Jones" or "Defeat Smith"). By airing "sham issue ads" ("Call Smith and tell her to stop raising taxes"), groups could leave the voting public in the dark. The new law applies disclosure requirements to any outside group that airs an ad that mentions a candidate in the 30 days before a primary or 60 days before a general election.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 24-13-4 on May/8/12; passed Senate 21-0-0 on Jun/6/12; signed by Governor Jack Markell on Aug/15/12.

Source: Brennan Center on Delaware Legislature voting records HB300 , Aug 15, 2012

Supports government transparency and accountability

Delaware's Freedom of Information Act helps ensure transparency and accountability in government, which is the people's business. It is now easier for citizens to make FOIA requests, executive branch agencies must be more consistent in how they respond to these requests and in many cases, we will substantially reduce the cost of FOIAs. This is an important part of our efforts to make state government more open, efficient and responsive to the needs of Delaware citizens.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Simplify FOIA" , Oct 20, 2011

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