SB 15

  • Delaware Senate Bill
  • 152nd General Assembly (2023-2024)
  • Introduced in Senate May 15, 2024
  • Passed Senate May 14, 2024
  • House
  • Governor

An Act Proposing An Amendment To Article Iii Of The Delaware Constitution Relating To Members Of The Governor'S Cabinet.


The governance of this State relies on the qualifications and performance of the members of the Governor’s cabinet. The General Assembly finds that the confirmation process is an important step to ensure the qualifications and performance of the Governor’s cabinet. This Act is the first leg of a constitutional amendment to require each holdover member of the Governor’s cabinet to be reconfirmed by the Senate at the beginning of each term of the Governor. This Act defines members of the Governor’s cabinet as the principal officer of an executive department made subject to § 10 of Article III of the Delaware Constitution by an Act of the General Assembly. Senate Bill No. 16, as introduced, implements this Act by making the principal officer of the following executive departments subject to this constitutional requirement: (1) The Department of Education. (2) The Department of Military Affairs / Delaware National Guard. (3) The Office of Management and Budget. (4) The Department of Health and Social Services. (5) The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. (6) The Department of Agriculture. (7) The Department of Safety and Homeland Security. (8) The Department of Finance. (9) The Department of Transportation. (10) The Department of Labor. (11) The Delaware State Housing Authority. (12) The Department of State. (13) The Department of Correction. (14) The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. (15) The Department of Technology and Information. (16) The Department of Human Resources. This Act requires a greater than majority vote for passage because § 1 of Article XVI of the Delaware Constitution requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly to amend the Delaware Constitution. Amending the Delaware Constitution requires not only the passing of the changes in this Act, but also passage of the same changes after the next general election by the next General Assembly. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.

Bill Sponsors (10)


May 14, 2024


May 15, 2024


Assigned to Administration Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee

May 14, 2024


Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES

May 08, 2024


Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 1 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable

Apr 18, 2024


Introduced and Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee

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