Delaware Republican & Democratic Caucuses React to the Court finding DE Early Voting & Permanent Absentee Voting Statutes Unconstitutional

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Reaction to Friday’s opinion that strikes down the Delaware statutes on early voting and permanent absentee voting has come from both sides of the State House and Senate floors. The Republican Caucus takes no issue with early voting, but the statute that was passed in the General Assembly violates the State Constitution. They plan to…

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Delaware General Assembly Cancels Tuesday’s Legislative Session Due to Inclement Weather

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Due to the snowfall in Delaware, Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola and House Speaker Valerie Longhurst have announced that today’s session proceedings in both chambers are canceled. The cancellation includes a House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee meeting that was previously scheduled for noon today. The House is scheduled to reconvene at 2 p.m. tomorrow– Wednesday, January 17th.…

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State Lawmakers Return to Dover & Annapolis this Week

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Delaware lawmakers return to Dover Tuesday for the second leg of the 152nd General Assembly session. The State House will convene at 2pm and 37th District Representative-elect Valerie Jones Giltner will take the oath of office. The State Senate will also convene at 2pm. The Senate does have several bills to consider on its first…

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Legislation Introduced in Dover Would Mean More for Retired First Responders

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Legislation introduced Friday in the Delaware General Assembly would boost contributions to working Delaware first responders. House Bill 266 would expand the definition of compensation considered in the calculations of retiree pensions for the County and Municipal Police and Firefighter Pension Plan. The legislation is proposed by Representative Cyndie Romer (D-Newark), who is the daughter…

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Bethany Beach Joins Coastal Communities in Choosing Ban on Commerical Sale and Production of Marijuana Within Municipal Boundaries

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The Bethany Beach Town Council is considering legislation prohibiting the sales and production of marijuana within municipal boundaries. The Town Council had a first reading of this proposed legislation at its most recent Town Council meeting on July 21st. There will be a second reading, and a possible vote, on the proposed legislation on August…

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Legislation Still Being Introduced in Dover – 2 Weeks Left of Session

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With just two weeks left in this General Assembly session in Dover, new legislation is still being introduced. HOUSE BILL 233 Last week Representative Michael Ramone introduced House Bill 233 which would raise the minimum income to be subject to income tax from $2000 to $2500. The measure would also collapse the current 6 income…

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Proposed Grant Program Would Help Make DE Roads & Communities Safer

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A measure pending action in the Delaware House of Representatives proposes a $20-million one-time grant program to curtail the state’s rising traffic deaths, address crime concerns, and fully staff Delaware’s law enforcement agencies. Rep. Mike Smith says his proposal, House Bill 39, is not a solution but rather a way to help police agencies start…

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The 152nd Delaware General Assembly is in Session

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Delaware lawmakers returned to Dover Tuesday. The first rule of business was swearing in all the newly elected and re-elected members of the General Assembly. The State House has re-elected Pete Schwartzkopf as the Speaker of the House. And the House has set the rules of procedure for ethics violations. The State Senate has also…

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New Del. Laws Address Mental Health of Children, Adults

Gov. John Carney signed several mental health-related bills Wednesday (photo shared by Delaware State House Democratic Caucus)
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Improvements to mental health and mental health services are coming in Delaware.Governor John Carney has signed three bills passed by the Delaware General Assembly, which address concerns of children as well as adults.One measure (House Bill 300) allows middle schools to hire more counselors, social workers and school psychologists, building on a previous measure to…

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VIDEO | “We Are Not Waiting To Do What’s Right” – Gov. Carney Signs 6 Gun-Related Bills

Gov. John Carney Thursday signed six gun-related bills into law (photo courtesy of the Office of Gov. John Carney)
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As he was surrounded by lawmakers, Cabinet members, Delaware community leaders and advocates, Governor Carney delivered a message Thursday as he signed six gun-related bills into law: “We have an obligation to do everything we can to prevent tragedies like we’ve seen around the county from happening here in Delaware. We are not waiting to…

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Update: More Gun Bills Advance In Del. General Assembly

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The Delaware State Senate has given final legislative approval to three gun-related bills, following a push by Democratic leaders and Governor John Carney just a few weeks ago. Two other gun bills have also been approved and sent to the House for consideration. “Today was a victory for the vast majority of Delawareans who demanded…

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