Veterans Crowd State Capitol in Bid to Advance Key Initiatives

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Scores of veterans and their advocates gathered at Legislative Hall today for the inaugural “We the Veterans Day.”  State Representative Jeff Hilovsky (R-Long Neck, Oak Orchard), who is a US Air Force veteran and the event’s lead organizer said today’s activities are part of a larger effort to get veterans the attention they’ve earned. He…

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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. Marijuana Bill Fails To Clear Hurdle In House

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For the first time in nearly four years, a bill that would regulate and legalize recreational use of cannabis (marijuana) by adults in Delaware received a vote in the House of Representatives Thursday. And, like in 2018, it did not get enough votes to pass. House Bill 305 would have required a two-thirds super majority,…

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Revised Del. Paid Family & Medical Leave Bill Introduced

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A revised version of a bill that would make paid family and medical leave available for working Delaware families has been introduced in the General Assembly. Sponsors said Monday that Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill One has undergone a number of changes since the introduction of the Healthy Delaware Families Act last spring. “Through…

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Gov Carney to Deliver State of the State Thursday, Jan 20

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Delaware Governor John Carney will deliver his 2022 State of the State address at 2pm on Thursday, January 20. Gov Carney will speak from the House Chamber in Legislative Hall in Dover. His address will be live-streamed on Governor Carney’s Facebook page, YouTube and de.gov/sots. The Delaware General Assembly will convene in a Joint Session…

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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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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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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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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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Legislative Hall to Reopen to the Public on a Limited Basis

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The public will again be allowed into Legislative Hall in Dover – for the first time since January of 2020! Seating will be limited – but if you plan to attend a session – you can reserve seats at the Delaware General Assembly website. There will be 25 seats available each in the House and…

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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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Security Heightened In Del., Md. As Inauguration Day Nears

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Two days until inauguration day in Washington, and security is tight around many government facilities across the nation. That includes Legislative Hall in Dover, where fencing now surrounds the building, which remains closed to the public for the start of the General Assembly Session. There was no unrest reported there Sunday. Also, Sunday was a…

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DE State Lawmakers Return to Dover Tuesday

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The Delaware General Assembly reconvenes this week to begin doing the State’s business. State Lawmakers will begin virtually. Both chambers will administer the Oath of Office for new and re-elected members on Tuesday. The State House also adopt House Rules, and the examination of the Certificates of Election. While the General Assembly will meet virtually…

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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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