I don’t always agree with Greg Lavelle.
We tangled years ago over his opposition over the City of Wilmington annexing a piece of commercial property. At the time, Lavelle was representing Brandywine Hundred civic associations that opposed the move.
While a relative newcomer, Icame to the conclusion thatone of Wilmington’s underlying problems was an inability to expand its boundaries, despite providing services to those areas.
Like many East Coast cities, Wilmington was hemmed in by legislation that dated back to the era of segregation.
This week, Lavelle, a financial services executivewho rose from civic association circles to become a Republican leader in the Delaware State Senate, did the right thing and called for an end to the chaos we see at the July 1 deadline.
According to a column in Town Square Delaware, Lavelle plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to outlaw the embarrassing spectacle.
“It is unsafe. It is unnecessary. It often results in bad public policy being made when legislators consider bills that most of them have not seen before, often with rules suspended and no public committee meetings. It is something that Delaware would not permit any company or organization to do. It should come to an end,” Lavelle wrote.
I don’t know about the unsafe part, although I am not on board with sleep-deprived legislators and staff hitting the road.
I was never part of the ritual celebrated by the Legislative Hall media for perks like the delivery of ice cream, photo ops that this year included a sleeping representative,and legislators lavishing praise on departing colleagues.
I do know that I woke up one morning and found that the state now owned golf courses. There have been other surprises over the years that fly in the face of sound public policy.
The recent early morning move that raised the minimum wage was an example of this dysfunction. The bill deserved a full hearing and an up and down vote before July 1.
Lavelle also faces what could be tough fight to retain his seat and needs an issue that may appeal to a wider constituency While working to placate conservative members of his caucus, he represents a Brandywine Hundred district that may lean slightly Democrat.
Still, Lavelle deserves credit for making a long overdue move toward making the General Assembly a more businesslike operation and ending proceedings that are embarrassing to many.
Enjoy your weekend and get some sleep. The newsletter returns on Monday. – Doug Rainey