Rep. Kim Williams July Newsletter

FOIA Bill Signed Into Law

 

I was proud to sponsor House Bill 320 as part of a package of Freedom of Information Act bills designed to increase transparency in our state government. Governor Markell signed the legislation on June 26.

House Bill 320 increases the opportunity for citizens to observe the performance of public bodies and to monitor their decisions by making meeting minutes available in draft form within 20 working days for boards and committees that meet only a few times a year. Before the passage of HB 320, the public was unable to review minutes from certain state entities until months after a meeting was held. 


 Attention Red Clay Parents: Important News from the District

Red Clay elementary and middle school feeders will be changing for the 2015-2016 school year. Please be on the lookout for more information about this. Some students may be assigned to one school for 2014-2015 but then re-assigned to another school the following year. Red Clay will be sending out information and public meetings will be held about the possible changes this fall. Click here for more information.


 

The work to construct new underground foundations for the damaged portion of the I-495 bridge is nearing completion and the construction of the jacking towers that will be used to temporarily repair the bridge has begun. This milestone means the work is now advancing ahead of schedule, and if all continues to go smoothly, I-495 could open several weeks prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend. However, the possibility does exist for setbacks or problems to occur, DelDOT cautions.

If this new phase continues at the same pace, the southbound lanes could open well before Labor Day although a specific date is unknowable at this point


Choice and Charter Bills Signed

 

I teamed up with Senator Bryan Townsend to sponsor two important pieces of education legislation. House Bill 337 promotes uniformity in the timing of the application process for school districts, charter schools, magnet schools, and career and technical education schools.

Senate Bill 209 requires the Department of Education to further define the process of the consideration of impact in the charter school application review process.

Gov. Markell signed both bills into law at the end of June. 

 


EZ Pass Scam Warning

Transportation officials are warning the public about a scam involving E-ZPass.

Several phony emails are circulating requesting E-ZPass customers to pay their toll debts online. Officials say the scammers are trying to obtain personal information, including credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, user names and passwords.

E-ZPass does send out emails for upcoming events, projects or surveys, but will never send unsolicited emails demanding payment or requesting personal information. If you think you've been a victim of this scam, call the E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 1-888-321-6824.