DE HB399 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 32-4)
Status: Enrolled on June 6 2018 - 75% progression, died in chamber
Action: 2018-06-07 - Passed By House. Votes: 35 YES 6 NO
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


This is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to provide equal rights on the basis of sex. There is no Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. While Congress passed the Amendment in 1972, it was not ratified by the requisite number of states by the 1982 deadline. Delaware, however, was one of the first states to ratify the Amendment. About half of the states across the country have passed Equal Rights Amendments to their state constitutions in order to provide protection against discrimination based on sex. Without an Equal Rights amendment, women's rights and protections are limited. This Amendment is necessary to correct a constitutional shortcoming, reduce sex-based disparities and to codify our State's value of equality.

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An Act Proposing An Amendment To Article I Of The Delaware Constitution Relating To Equal Rights.


Roll Calls

2018-06-07 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 35 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-06-06 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 17 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-05-09 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 11 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [FAIL]
2018-03-29 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 34 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]


2018-06-07 Passed By House. Votes: 35 YES 6 NO
2018-06-06 Passed By Senate. Votes: 17 YES 4 NO
2018-06-06 Amendment SA 4 to HB 399 - Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
2018-06-06 Roll Call Rescinded in Senate
2018-06-06 Reconsidered in Senate
2018-05-09 Defeated By Senate. Votes: 11 YES 9 NO 1 ABSENT
2018-05-09 Amendment SA 3 to HB 399 - Defeated By Senate. Votes: 9 YES 11 NO 1 ABSENT
2018-05-09 Amendment SA 2 to HB 399 - Defeated By Senate. Votes: 9 YES 11 NO 1 ABSENT
2018-05-09 Amendment SA 1 to HB 399 - Defeated By Senate. Votes: 9 YES 11 NO 1 ABSENT
2018-05-09 Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 2 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
2018-04-18 Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate
2018-03-29 Passed By House. Votes: 34 YES 5 NO 2 ABSENT
2018-03-29 Amendment HA 1 to HB 399 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
2018-03-29 Amendment HA 1 to HB 399 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2018-03-28 Reported Out of Committee (House Administration) in House with 3 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
2018-03-27 Introduced and Assigned to House Administration Committee in House

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