Delaware Day – December 7, 2017

Attorney Ben Schwartz raises awareness on an actual law in Delaware that many may have forgotten. It is Delaware Code Title 1. General Provisions § 602. Delaware Day. The Department of State shall stage suitable and proper celebrations in each county of this State on the 7th day of December of each year commemorating the ratification of the federal constitution by this State.

Delaware Day – December 7, 2017

Hi, I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz,

Today we are going to talk about the topic of Delaware Day. Basically, everyone that is watching this video is familiar with the concept of all the states, back in the 1780’s, had to ratify the United States Constitution in order to form the United States of America. Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution and that is why they call Delaware ‘The First State’.

We were doing some research on the topic of weird laws in Delaware, which is going to be a different video on this video blog, but while doing that research, we came across a law; this is an actual law in Delaware. It is Title 1 Delaware code section 602, Delaware Day. The Department of State shall stage suitable and proper celebrations in each County of this state on the 7th day of December of each year commemorating the ratification of the Federal Constitution by this state. When I saw that law, I got all excited. I started thinking like wow… suitable and proper celebrations in each County, that sounds like a party, like we could be drinking Sam Adams beer and celebrating the ratification of the US Constitution by the state of Delaware. What a great thing, that will be awesome.

I went online because I never ever in my life seen anything advertised for parties commemorating Delaware Day. I went to the Delaware Secretary of State’s website and I could not find anything about suitable and proper celebrations. So, I called the Secretary of State’s office and apparently there are no suitable and proper celebrations being planned for December 7th and so they could not invite me to the party. That got me thinking, like maybe having a party and drinking beer and celebrating the ratification of the Constitution is not really a proper use of taxpayer dollars.

It was suggested to me by the Secretary of State’s office that I have offices in two out of the three counties in Delaware and if I could find another attorney or law firm with an office in the third county, we could have our own parties and invite everyone to come drink beer and celebrate the ratification of the Constitution. That is not such a bad idea, but I want to know what you think. What do you think Delaware Day is supposed to be? A big party? It is supposed to be a big Celebration by code. It says suitable and proper celebrations, created by the secretary of state. Do you think the state of Delaware should be hosting parties in each County on this day to celebrate the ratification of the US Constitution? Or, do you think they should not be doing it? Do you think it is a waste of State resources and we should be pinching pennies? The state is already tight on funds and they had to do things recently like raise the tax on the transfer tax on real estate. They are cutting programs. What do you think? Let me know, make a comment below on this video, or send me an e-mail. Thanks for watching!

Delaware Day – December 7, 2017

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