Commitment to transparency and accountability

Published: September 13, 2020

Author: Luann D'Agostino

I believe that our government should be transparent and accountable to its people. Yes, the voting records of our state legislators are technically public and available on a variety of websites, but this information is dry: just a simple “yea” or “nay” for each bill. Yes, each bill is available on a variety of websites, but this information is technical: just a sequence of words to add or strike from the voluminous code of the state.

Over the past two years, my Republican opponent has had the opportunity to vote on 329 items. That means that you’ll need to look up 329 roll calls, read 329 bill texts, and cross-reference the Delaware codes 329 times. And even after you do that, you still won’t know why that vote was made, only that it was made.

I don’t want a legislator whose voting record requires an investigation on my part. That’s why I’m committing to blog every single vote that I take while in office. For each one, I’ll explain the context, the intent of the bill, what each change means, what I voted, and also why I voted that way. For every vote, I’ll provide you with all the information you need to hold me accountable.

Over a two-year legislative session, 329 votes come out to around 1 vote every 2 days. That’s not an exorbitant amount of articles to write for you; it’s the least that you can demand from your representative in Dover.