(The Center Square) — Delaware Republicans are pushing several proposals aimed at requiring state lawmakers to be more accountable for their conduct and financial decisions.
One proposal would allow any member of the public to request an investigation if they believe a legislator has engaged in unethical or illegal conduct while in office, which the bill’s authors defined as allegations of bribery, conflicts of interest, disorderly behavior or “actions bringing the House or Senate into disrepute.”
“If lawmakers are truly going to be held accountable, there needs to be an open process where citizens can call them out when they believe something inappropriate has occurred,” state Rep. Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek Valley, the bill’s primary sponsor, said in a statement. “A system where only lawmakers can initiate an investigation against other lawmakers does nothing to further public trust.”
Under current law, only members of the Legislature and their staff