Del. organizations make final push as legislative session comes to an end

As the clock winds down, another day of session slowly comes to an end in Delaware, meaning there is less time for lawmakers to act on pending bills.

Wednesday, organizations like the ACLU of Delaware gathered outside of  Legislative Hall to let lawmakers know what pieces of legislation should be in the forefront. One key issue is education. Senate Bill 172 looks to increase transparency when it come to school funding.

 "What this particular bill does is set it up so we are going to have a uniform of reporting across all districts, we will be able to see it all the way down to the school level," says Elizabeth Lockman, who is a parent.

The bill also looks to help parents understand how tax money is being used for. 

"Budgets are still pretty opaque if you're not a professional accountant or in finances. Transparency isn't just about making information available, it's about making information understandable to the average person, and I think this bill will get the ball rolling with that," says Lockman.

Another hot topic this session is reforming the juvenile justice system.

"What House Bill 442 would do is expand the crimes that are eligible for participation under this program to all misdemeanors and give juveniles a second chance," says Kathleen MacRae, the Executive Director for the ACLU of Delaware.

House Bill 442 would  give officers the discretion to give a juvenile who is a first time offender a citation, and refer them to social services instead of being arrested. Something that community  leaders say is necessary to help reduce recidivism and allow juveniles a chance to succeed. 

"Having certain records prohibits one from getting a job," says Eugene Young, from the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.

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