State Whistleblower Score

Score: 60/100 points

Rank: 20/51 states

Delaware has a relatively strong state whistleblower law with moderate coverage (14 out of 33 possible points) with a very high degree of usability (28 out of 33) and middling remedies (17 out of 33), plus the one bonus point for posting or employee notice requirements 

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State Public Records Law

Delaware Code

General Regulations for State Agencies

Title 29, Chapter 100. Freedom of Information Act


Exemptions to Disclosure

Exemptions to Disclosure

The following records are not deemed public:

  • Trade secrets
  • The University of Delaware and Delaware State University are explicitly exempt from the law: “Public body,” “public record” and “meeting” shall not include activities of the University of Delaware and Delaware State University, except that the Board of Trustees of both universities shall be “public bodies,” university documents relating to the expenditure of public funds shall be “public records,” and each meeting of the full Board of Trustees of either institution shall be a “meeting.” (see definition of “public body.”)

Access Rights

  • Any citizen
  • Regular business hours
  • Reasonable access to records and reasonable facilities for copying them and reasonable access to these facilities
  • Rules and fees to be established by the public entity custodian
  • If denied access to public records/meeting, can file suit to challenge denial w/in 60 days of learning of denial, but in no event not more than 6 months following denial
  • All requests must be made in writing
  • Need not state purpose for request
  • The state has a maximum of 15 business days to respond to any requests
  • If the public body denies a request in whole or in part, their response must explain the reason for the denial. (29 Del. C. § 10003).
  • If a suit is brought the burden is on the custodian of records to justify why the public records were not released (29 Del. C. § 10005)
  • Any citizen may petition the Attorney General in order to determine whether a violation of this act has occurred (29 Del. C. § 10005)
  • Fees
    • 29 Del. C. § 10003
      • Standard black and white pages $.10 per page
      • Double sided $ 0.20
      • Oversized copies/printouts: $ 2.00 -$ 3.00 per sheet depending on the size
      • Color copies/printouts: An additional charge of $ 1.00 per sheet and $ 1.50 per sheet for larger copies.
      • Administrative fees will be levied for FOIA requests that take longer than an hour to process
      • Payment of required fees are due before a FOIA request may be processed

      Destruction of Public Records

      • Must obtain consent from Delaware Public Archives before destroying any record. Title 29, Delaware Code, §504.

PEER Activity in Delaware

Dunes Debacle in Delaware

Project Scraping Refuge to Protect Private Beach Homes Fails in 4 Days

Feds Yank GE Crops From All Northeast Refuges

Settlement of Bombay Hook Suit Makes Southeast Refuges Next Legal Target

Suit to Bar Beach Scraping at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge

Move to Destroy Refuge Wetlands to Protect Private Beach Homes Challenged

Delaware Has Second Thoughts About Refuge Beach Scraping

Not Enough Sand to Close Dune Breaches and Growing Worry about Habitat Harm

Refuge Dunes to Be Mined to Shore up Private Beach Homes

Legality of Scraping Delaware Refuge Beaches Challenged to Prevent Precedent

Dune Scraping by Delaware State Agency on Refuge Is Illegal

State Resource Agency Violates its Own Laws and Federal Wetland Protections

Lawsuit Filed to Bar GE Crops From National Wildlife Refuge

Delaware’s Bombay Hook Lacks Required Environmental Review and Justification

Highway Agency Breaking Federal Laws on Delaware Refuge

DelDOT Committing Criminal Wildlife Offenses in Refuge Road Construction

Lawsuit Ends Genetically Engineered Crops on Wildlife Refuge

Ruling on Delaware’s Prime Hook May Affect Farming on Scores of Other Refuges


Top Bush Official Overrode Delaware Refuge Ecological Objections to GE Crops


Farmers Given Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Land
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