Human Composting Bill Ready for Governor Carney’s Signature

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Legislation that will authorize the process of composting human remains has passed in the State Senate. House Substitute 1 for House Bill 162 will allow natural organic reduction – a more eco-friendly cremation alternative, forgoing the usage of formaldehyde and the release of carbon dioxide and mercury into the atmosphere. The process also uses 1/8…

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HB 91 Creates Offense of Aggravated Criminal Mischief for Persons Damaging Critical Utility Infrastructure in DE

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Legislation sponsored by 29th District Representative William Bush (D) creates a new offense of aggravated criminal mischief with enhanced penalties applicable when an individual knowingly damages or tampers with critical utility infrastructure intending to disrupt utility services. Governor Carney signed the measure into law on Wednesday. US Homeland Security and the FBI have issued repeated…

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DE Caucus on Aging to Hold Inaugural Meeting in Dover on Thursday

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The newly formed Caucus on Aging will hold its inaugural meeting on Thursday (Feb 15) in the House Hearing Room at Legislative Hall. The meeting begins at 11am – and is open to the public – you can attend in person or virtually. This is a bipartisan forum that will meet regularly to discuss issues…

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DE’s 2024 Presidential Primary Moved to 1st Tuesday in April

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Delaware’s Presidential Primary in 2024 will be a little earlier that in the past. Governor John Carney signed House Bill 149 Friday, which will move the 2024 presidential primary election for major political parties from the 4th Tuesday in April to the 1st Tuesday in April. This measure will sunset on May 1st of 2024.

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Legislation that Updates the Efficient Administration of Elections – Signed by Gov Carney

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Legislation has been signed by Governor Carney that updates the efficient administration of elections. House Bill 148 requires ballots and sufficient materials for each election be provided to each polling location and updates the language to reflect the use of electronic scanning and tabulation machinery rather than written tally sheets. Rather than requiring election judges…

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Several EV Bills Wait for Governor’s Signature; HB 123 Passes in House – Would Give General Assembly Role in EV Mandate Decision

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While an Electric Vehicle mandate that would implement the California Advanced Clean Cars II protocols is still being considered by DNREC, several bills concerning Electric Vehicles were passed in the General Assembly – most in the last month of the session. House Bill 10 deals with the Electric School Bus program and House Bill 12…

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A Measure Passed in the State House Redefines a Firearm

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Legislation passed with a unanimous vote in the Delaware State House redefines a firearm in the First State. Republican Jeff Spiegelman is the prime sponsor of House Substitute 1 for House Bill 224 and says that Delaware is the only state where a firearm is broadly defined. Under the current definition – a parent who…

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Proposed FY 2024 Delaware Budget Passes in State House

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With just over a week left of the General Assembly session, state lawmakers introduced House Bill 195 on Tuesday – that is the state’s proposed $5.606-billion FY 2024 operating budget. The measure was passed in the State House Thursday by a 32 to 8 vote. The 8 who voted against the spending plan said in…

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Limited Use of Styrofoam Containers & Single-Use Plastics Passes DE Senate

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Polystyrene, or Styrofoam, containers and many single-use plastics are one step closer to limited use at Delaware food establishments. Senate Bill 51 would bar restaurants from serving ready-to-eat food in styrofoam containers and prohibit the providing of single-use straws, unless requested by the consumer, as well as single-use plastic coffee stirrers, cocktail picks and sandwich…

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Delaware Senate Republican Leadership Re-elected

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Members of the Senate Republican Caucus this week selected its leadership heading into the 152nd General Assembly. Senators Gerald Hocker of Ocean View and Brian Pettyjohn of Georgetown were re-elected Republican Leader and Republican Whip, respectively. Senator Hocker will be entering his third General Assembly as the caucus’s leader. Senator Pettyjohn will serve a second consecutive…

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Gov Carney Signs Package of Bills Related to Maternal & Infant Health

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Governor John Carney has signed a package of six measures related to maternal and infant health – aimed a decreasing infant and maternal mortality. The measures also expand services to communities across the state and will improve health outcomes for families and infants throughout Delaware. Representative Melissa Minor-Brown, lead sponsor of all six bills, is…

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Dr. Jeffrey Hilovsky Files To Run In Del. House 4th District

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Delaware’s new 4th State House district has another candidate.Dr. Jeffrey Hilovsky is seeking the Republican nomination for the district, that moves south to Sussex County from Wilmington following the redistricting process. Hilovsky is a retired Air Force Active Duty and Reserve veteran and served during three wars. He also is co-founder of Sussex Eye Center,…

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Del. Legislative Committee Hearings To Be Livestreamed

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Delaware General Assembly committee meetings will be livestreamed when lawmakers resume the session in January, according to leaders of the majority Democratic caucuses. While regular sessions have been available virtually since May 2020 – early in the COVID-19 pandemic – committee hearings have continued via Zoom. Citizens will be able to attend in-person or virtually.…

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Del. Legislative Leaders Announce Formal Review Of Constitutional Powers Regarding Auditor Case

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Leaders of the Delaware General Assembly have announced a plan for a formal review of its powers and procedures under two Articles of the Delaware Constitution regarding cause for removal of a public official. The Senate and House last week passed different concurrent resolutions asking for an advisory opinion from the Delaware Supreme Court. Now,…

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2nd-Chance Bills Become Law; Expungement Fair Coming To Georgetown

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Three ‘restorative justice’ bills have become law in Delaware. Governor John Carney signed legislation Monday that expands second-chance opportunities. What is called the Clean Slate Act (SB 111) automates Delaware’s existing expungement process for thousands of adults and juveniles by eliminating the requirement for them to first file a petition with the State Bureau of…

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DE Redistricting Public Hearings Next Week

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The General Assembly will host public hearings later this month to allow residents to comment on its proposed legislative redistricting maps. The House will host a hybrid hearing on Monday, October 18. The Senate will host a virtual hearing on Tuesday, October 19, and an in-person hearing at Legislative Hall on Thursday, October 21. All…

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Gov Carney Signs 2 Joint Resolutions into Law

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Governor John Carney has signed House Joint Resolution 4 which directs the Criminal Justice Council to establish and publish integrity reports concerning complaints made against police officers in each police agency in the state – as well as create and publish a list of de-certified police officers in the state. The resolution is sponsored by…

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Del. Expands Mental Health Services In Elementary Schools

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Delaware elementary schools will be able to significantly expand mental health services. Legislation signed by Governor John Carney Thursday (House Bill 100) establishes a mental health services unit for elementary schools, allowing them to hire more full-time counselors or social workers. $8-million was included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Delaware budget to support additional mental…

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Sen. Stephanie Hansen seeks to Advance Community Solar in Delaware

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Thousands of Delawareans currently unable to benefit from the cost savings and low carbon footprint of solar power could soon reap the benefits of renewable energy through a new class of community-solar generating facilities enabled by legislation introduced by Sen. Stephanie Hansen on Thursday.  Senate Bill 2 would provide the legal framework for Delmarva Power customers to take…

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