A bipartisan group of First State legislators announced this week that they’re taking drastic action, after years of frustration with people in other areas of the country not having a clue where Delaware is located on a map of the United States.
The legislation, which unanimously passed the Delaware House of Representatives on Friday and is being readied for a vote in the Delaware Senate, would officially rename the state to Delahere and give residents outside of the mid-Atlantic region a better idea of life in the First State.
Governor John Carney is expected to sign the bill once it reaches his desk, if it passes a Senate vote as expected. The governor could not immediately be reached for comment, but staffers have indicated his support for the legislation.
A congressional aide at Legislative Hall in Dover, who asked not to be named due to the pending nature of the legislation, said that it’s expected to pass the Senate with broad bipartisan support.
“It’s felt in Dover that after years of people jokingly referring to our state as Dela-Where? that it just made good sense to steer into the storm and address this issue head-on,” said the aide in a recent telephone interview. “By renaming the state to Dela-Here!, it will bring more attention to the state and cause more people to notice and acknowledge us on a national level.”
The wide reaching bill would also require every resident of the state between the ages of 18 and 65 to befriend at least three people from outside of the mid-Atlantic region on social media, and tell them firsthand about the benefits and nuances of living in Delahere.
“As a state, we aren’t well known on a national level and we want all of our residents to help in our efforts to solve this problem,” mentioned the legislative aide. “By befriending people online, and educating them about Delahere, we will soon find ourselves becoming much more relevant nationally.”
To meet the friendship requirements, all residents of the state will be required to send a screenshot of their social media friends list, showing at least three new friendships from outside of the region. These can not be residents of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York or Washington, D.C.
If the bill passes the Senate and is signed by the governor, all residents will be notified by mail and informed of the deadline to meet the friendship requests online. The state would officially be renamed on Memorial Day 2019, in time for the summer tourist season.
The bill, named H-AFD19, was co-sponsored by Wanna Be State Representatives Dustin Oldfather and Adam Linder while playing Fantasy Government on their Super Nintendo April Fool’s Day Gaming System. Both fantasy legislators have promised to officially resign once their signature legislation becomes law.