UPDATE: DE Senate’s Vote to Confirm Governor Carney’s State Housing Authority Nomination¬†

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Updated 3/13/24: Governor John Carney today issued the following statement on the State Senate‚Äôs vote to confirm his nomination of¬†Cynthia Karnai to serve as Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA). Here is his statement: ‚ÄúThank you to the members of the Delaware Senate for their votes confirming Cynthia Karnai as Director of the…

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DE State Senate Passes Bills to Protect Pets from Domestic Abuse

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Two pieces of a three-part package of legislation has passed in the State Senate – both with a unanimous vote. These measures include animal welfare into Delaware’s existing protections against domestic violence. Senate Bill 70 adds several actions against a companion or service animal to the definition of abuse for Protection From Abuse (PFA) proceedings.…

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Two Family Court Judges Confirmed by DE State Senate

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The Delaware State Senate met in special session this afternoon to consider judicial nominations made by Governor John Carney. The Senate voted to confirm the reappointment of Judge Peter B. Jones to serve on the Family Court in Sussex County and Commissioner Emily A. Farley to serve as a Commissioner for the Family Court in…

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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. ‚ÄúToday was a victory for the vast majority of Delawareans who demanded…

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Del. Senate Advances Tax Relief Bills For Retired Military, Active Fire-EMS

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Thousands of retired military service members and Delaware first responders could get relief on their taxes. One measure passed by the State Senate Tuesday would exclude up to $12,500 worth of military pension income from state tax calculations for all retired service members, regardless of age, starting in 2023. ‚ÄúOur nation‚Äôs retired service members, each…

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Del. Senate Goes Back To Session Tue. – Here’s Why

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The Delaware State Senate is set to reconvene next Tuesday to consider a House Concurrent Resolution (HCR42). The House voted along party lines Monday to pass the measure, which seeks State Supreme Court guidance in cases where elected officials face indictments. The Senate had passed a similar resolution (SCR63), but by the time the House…

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Lawmakers Consider Possible Action In Case Of Indicted State Auditor

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Delaware lawmakers Monday discussed the possibility of taking action in the case of indicted State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. During the special session on redistricting, the Senate passed a resolution (SCR 63) to seek an advisory opinion from the Delaware Supreme Court on what circumstances, including indictment, warrant legislative action to remove a public official. It…

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Del. Redistricting Heads Down The Home Stretch

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The complicated task of redrawing legislative districts every ten years following the U.S. Census is nearing its close in Delaware. The State Senate and the State House are meeting today (Monday) in a special session devoted to redistricting. The Senate is scheduled to go into session at noon, and the House would follow at 2:00…

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Del. House Releases Legislative District Maps, With A Few Changes

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Final maps of 41 Delaware House of Representative districts have been released, days before the General Assembly meets in a special redistricting session to vote on House and Senate district maps in one combined bill. The maps can be viewed at : https://legis.delaware.gov/Redistricting/2022FinalHouseDistricts. The special session will take place Monday at Legislative Hall in Dover. If…

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Del. House District Maps Released

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New proposed maps for Delaware’s 41 State House districts have been released. The maps are redrawn every ten years following the Census. House leaders said Wednesday that numerous requirements were followed to get to this point: each district should be relatively similar in population and be contiguous while observing natural or political boundaries. The House…

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Update: Del. State Senate Confirms 9 Nominations From Gov. Carney

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Update: The State Senate confirmed nine of Governor John Carney’s nominees to judgeships, boards and commissions Wednesday afternoon. Carney said he appreciates the Senate’s careful consideration, and is confident each nominee has the good judgement and experience necessary to serve. Theresa Hayes will serve as a Judge on Family Court in Sussex County. Kristine Kellenbenz…

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Gov. Carney Submits Nomination For New Secretary Of Education

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Governor John Carney has nominated a former superintendent of the Brandywine School District to become Delaware’s next Secretary of Education. If confirmed by the State Senate, Dr. Mark Holodick would replace Dr. Susan Bunting. Bunting was superintendent of the Indian River School District before joining the Carney administration in 2017. She plans to step down…

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Del. House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

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After a series of failed amendments, the Delaware House of Representatives Thursday gave final legislative approval to an increase in Delaware’s minimum wage, to be phased in over several years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2025. The vote on Senate Bill 15 was 26-15. The minimum wage would rise to $10.50 per hour…

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State Senate Approves Use-Of-Force Revisions

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Delaware’s first ‘objective use of force’ standard for police officers is a step closer to becoming law. The State Senate Thursday voted 14-7 to approve a bill (SB 147) that would stipulate that the use of deadly and non-lethal force would be legally justifiable only if its use is determined to be reasonable. The word…

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Opponents Of Gun Bills Criticize Process

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Two gun-related bills have passed in the Delaware State Senate, but opponents and critics Thursday continued to question their constitutionality. They have also spoken out about the process that led to their passage. One bill would a permit and training to purchase a handgun. The other would outlaw sale of large-capacity magazines capable of holding…

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Del. Bill Addresses Hair Discrimination

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Hair discrimination is addressed in a bill being considered by a Delaware State Senate Committee Wednesday. The CROWN Act – Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair – would make it clear that Delaware does not accept a person’s appearance as being used as a weapon of harassment and discrimination, according to its…

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ERA Amendment To Del. Constitution Passes State Senate

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An Equal Rights Amendment to the Delaware Constitution would add “race, color and national origin” to the basic rights of Delawareans guaranteed under the Constitution. The State Senate voted unanimously Thursday to support the Amendment, sending it to the House for consideration. Delaware and many other states still do not have specific provisions in their…

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DE Senate Releases Tentative Schedule of Virtual Proceedings for January

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The Delaware State Senate on Friday announced a tentative schedule of virtual proceedings in January.   Session of the full Senate will be live streamed on the¬†General Assembly‚Äôs website¬†and can be accessed under the section marked ‚ÄúLive Proceedings.‚Ä̬†Those wishing to watch session proceedings after they have concluded can find recordings by following links under the ‚ÄúMeetings…

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Del. General Assembly Will Start 2021 With Virtual Sessions

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The 151st Delaware General Assembly will convene Tuesday January 12th with a virtual session when lawmakers will take their oaths of office, formally elect their leaders and adopt rules and procedures for conducting legislative business. That day’s activities will be shown live on the General Assembly YouTube Channel. Provisions are also being made to conduct…

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Del. Senate Committee Assignments Released

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Delaware State Senators have received their committee assignments for the 151st General Assembly that starts in January. The line-up includes a newly-formed Housing Committee. Also, the previously separate Environment And Energy Committees will merge into a single committee. “All policies governing generation and distribution of energy in Delaware should ever carefully weigh the potential impact…

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Vote-By-Mail Legislation Goes To Gov. Carney

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Delawareans will be able to head to the mailbox instead of the ballot box to vote in future elections, under a bill approved by the State Senate. The vote was 18-3. It now goes to Governor John Carney. The Department of Election will mail applications to vote by mail to each qualified voter. The application…

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