Friday, June 25, 2010 - 3:31am
DE ratifies 17th Amendment--98 years later
Updated Friday, June 25, 2010 - 7:44am
Delaware officially ratifies Amendment 17 of the U.S. Constitution that provides for the popular election of U.S. Senators.
98 years ago, several states had already ratified the amendment, making it a part of
the Constitution, so the 45th General Assembly apparently felt no need to do so.
But the 145th General Assembly put their ceremonial stamp on it..
The bill's chief sponsor, Senator Dave Sokola, says this measure doesn't give
Delawareans the right to elect a Senator immediately, if one were to resign. Case in
point, when Senator Biden was elected VP.
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