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Big Tech and Social Media Censorship Act

A bill has been drafted to protect those who have been unfairly censored, mostly because of comments on political issues. Here is some of the language from the Big Tech and Social Media Censorship Act:

The State has an interest in helping its citizens enjoy the free exercise of their religious and political rights in certain semi-public forums commonly used for religious and political speech, regardless of which political party or religious organization they support.

+ The State has an interest in deterring the owners and operators of social media websites that have substantially created a digital public square from maliciously interfering in elections.

The General Assembly is opposed to online censorship unless the content is injurious to children or promotes human trafficking.

The owner or operator of a social media website that contracts with a user in this State is subject to a private right of action by the user if the social media website purposely does any of the following:

+ Deletes or censors the user's religious speech or political speech.

+ Uses an algorithm to disfavor, shadowban, or censure the user's religious speech or political speech.

A user may be awarded a minimum of $75,000 in statutory damages for each purposeful deletion or censoring of the user's speech. The big tech giants (more than 75 million users) should not be allowed to choose with political or religious ideologies can be censored.

Fairness in Women's Sports

I am seeking public input on a bill titled "Fairness in Women's Sports." A number of states have already introduced similar legislation and the bill has become law in a few states.

President Biden on his first full day in office signed an executive order to allow students to play sports based on gender identity, not biological sex.

Beth Stelzer, a female amateur powerlifter and founder of Save Women's Sports, said, "If biological men are allowed to compete in women's sports, there will be men's sports, there will be co-ed sports, but there will no longer be women's sports."

Part of the concern from women's groups is that biologically-male students could compete against girls for athletic scholarships to colleges. Send your comments to brichardson@mspublications.com

Education key to success

Our taxpayer dollars should only support curriculum that helps students know how to succeed in life.

I will be introducing two curriculum bills in 2022 and following up on two other bill proposals.

Education curriculum bills for 2022
      + Lectures on the evils of Communism
      + Citizenship test requirement to graduate

Education curriculum bill follow up
      + Drug Prevention Curriculum based on evidence-based success
      + Financial basics for success

I am also in support of a bill being written by another senator called the Education Empowerment Accounts, or some similar title. This allows taxpayer dollars to follow the student into whatever learning environment they desire.

Our focus must be on giving our young people the best chance for success by equipping them with the knowledge they need to lead a rewarding life.

When this is the focus, our state benefits from new business ventures, more rewarding career opportunities for our graduates and better communities.

Education vision

My vision for the future of education is as follows:
Delaware will lead the nation in improvements in education. Standardized testing will end and the money that once went to fund the testing will instead be earmarked for classrooms. Results will be measured by how many graduates find purpose in life and meaningful employment.