Del. House Continues Hybrid Committee Hearings

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House committee meetings in the Delaware General Assembly will continue in a hybrid format indefinitely. The House has moved away from holding committee meetings over Zoom and is using a new system.Committees themselves are meeting in person. Residents are again able to attend House committee meetings in person at Legislative Hall. However, space in committee…

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Del. Legislative Committee Hearings Will Take Place Virtually At Least Through Jan.

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When Delaware lawmakers resume the General Assembly session Tuesday, House and Senate committees will meet virtually in January utilizing Zoom. The actions are being taken by House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach and Senate President Pro Tempore David Sokola, D-Newark in response to increasing COVID-19 cases and the spread of the omicron variant. “While I…

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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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House, Senate Democratic Leaders Call For Indicted Auditor McGuiness To Take Leave Of Absence

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The leaders of the Delaware State Senate and State House Democratic Caucuses are encouraging State Auditor Kathy McGuiness to take a leave of absence as she faces criminal charges. McGuiness was indicted Monday, and has claimed she is innocent of all charges. The following statements were released by the Democratic Caucuses Wednesday evening: Delaware Senate…

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Apologetic Rep. Gerald Brady To Retire After ’22

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State Representative Gerald Brady, D-Wilmington, announced Monday that he would not seek reelection in 2022 as he again apologized for an email that contained a slur against Asian women and that seemed to make light of human trafficking. Brady had previously been reprimanded by the leadership of the House Democratic Caucus, which also ordered him…

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Lawmaker Apologizes For Slur Contained In Email

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A Delaware state lawmaker is apologizing and Democratic leadership is rebuking State Representative Gerald Brady, D-Wilmington for comments he admitted are embarrassing and shameful. Comments made by Brady in an email that was apparently misdirected used a slur for Asian women, and appeared to make light of human trafficking. In a social media post, Brady…

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More Criminal Justice – Police Reform Bills Pass Del. House

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Three more criminal justice and police-reform measures have passed in the House of Representatives, two of which developed out of last year’s Delaware Legislative Black Caucus Justice for All Agenda. Law enforcement would be required to electronically record any custodial interrogations involving an adult accused of a crime or a juvenile accused of an delinquent…

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Del. Bill Establishes Guidelines For Use Of Opioid Impact Fee

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The State Senate has passed legislation to establish a prescription opioid settlement fund and a settlement distribution commission that would allocate collected funds toward addressing the opioid crisis. The measure formalizes a structure for administration of Delaware’s first-in-the-nation opioid impact fee. Senator Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown and House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach are co-sponsors of…

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Del. House Sets Date For In-Person Meetings

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The Delaware House of Representatives plans to conduct session “physically” at Legislative Hall for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic later this month. House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D- Rehoboth Beach, said Friday that an in-person hybrid session is planned April 29th for floor votes and party caucuses. It’s expected that the…

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Del. Lawmakers To Continue With Virtual Sessions

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The Delaware General Assembly will continue to meet virtually when the House and Senate return next Tuesday March 9th. Senate President Pro Tem David Sokola, D- Newark, and House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D- Rehoboth Beach, made the announcement Tuesday. Lawmakers have been meeting virtually since the start of the session, with some choosing to go…

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Del. Special Sessions Planned To Deal With Redistricting

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The Delaware General Assembly will hold several special session days in the fall to deal with redistricting, which happens every ten years after the U.S. Census. House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D- Rehoboth Beach and Senate President Pro Tempore David Sokola, D- Newark said Thursday that reports indicate Delaware might not receive its 2020 census data…

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DC Riot Prompts Concerns About Protection At State Capitols

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Delaware legislative leaders said Thursday that with the start of the new legislative session just days away, they are reviewing security protocols with Capitol Police and the Office of Safety and Homeland Security. In response to the invasion at the US Capitol, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D- Rehoboth Beach) and Senate President pro tem David…

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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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