Of course there is some hyperbole; I’m speaking of Delaware’s General Assembly.

But having witnessed this session go all the way up to it’s closing hours, I must confess, that without the hard right Republican party in the House, and without the former President Pro Tempore and his desk drawer, my overall impression was that this General Assembly, was one of hard working individuals, who got things done.

Yes there are egos still roaming the halls. But, this year, perhaps because of the newness of some of the leadership in both chambers, they were not part of the legislative process… Bob Gilligan, having spent many years on the other side, shaking his head silently at Terry Spence’s way of doing things, was determined to show how things “could” be done…

And I’m not even talking about agendas… I’m speaking strictly of an attitude that addresses work ethic. It could come down from the top. Governor Markell is not Governor Minner.

And yes. I too scoff at some of the bills brought forth… Dwarf awareness month? But those of us who do things, all realize we have to give a little to get a lot… If a promise to assist a fellow legislator to get something very important to him upon the table, if that can get his vote solidified on a major piece of legislation, then so what; do it.

We will pay for our big budget. Lean is better. But we will never in our lifetimes see another legislature as well behaved as this one..

These men and women rode in on the waves of change… The fact that those old carryovers from the previous legislatures, changed under this new leadership too, shows just how far this new group has brought us…

And if you were a regular observer of the last sessions of legislature’s past, you probably picked up the fact that far more special interest lobbyists had longer faces than usual… and that advocate groups for the people, were showing more smiles…

And that, I’m afraid, is something we won’t see again in our lifetimes. This is a very special moment in time.