Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Approved By Del. House

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Legislation that would allow same day registration in Delaware has cleared the State House of Representatives.House Bill 25(s) would do away with the current deadline to register to vote, which is almost a month before elections (the fourth Saturday before Election Day).The voter would be required to show a valid and current government-issued photo or…

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Del. Sunset Panel Will Consider 9 Entities In 2022

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Five councils, three commissions and a committee will be reviewed by the Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee of the Delaware General Assembly in 2022. While being selected for review does not indicate problems or concern with an entity’s performance, the process is part of the committee’s commitment to review all applicable agencies, commissions, councils…

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Juneteenth Becomes An Official Delaware State Holiday

Legislation to designate June 19th as an official state Juneteenth holiday was signed Wednesday by Governor John Carney (photo courtesy of Delaware House Democratic Caucus)
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Juneteenth is now an official state holiday in Delaware. Governor John Carney signed legislation Wednesday (House Bill 119) to establish June 19th as a legal holiday. It commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans were informed that they were free people on June 19th, 1865. “I believe the least that each of us can do…

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VIDEO | Police Body Camera Requirement Now Law In Del.

Photo courtesy of Governor John Carney's Office
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Delaware Police officers will be required to wear body cameras, and legislation signed by Governor John Carney also establishes a funding mechanism and training procedures. The proposal (House Bill 195) developed out of last year’s Delaware Legislative Black Caucus Justice for All Agenda. The camera requirement also will apply to certain employees of the Department…

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Gov. Carney Signs Bill To Require Black History Instruction In Schools

Governor John Carney signs legislation that mandates Black History instruction in Delaware schools (photo courtesy of Governor John Carney's office)
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Delaware school districts and charter schools will be required to teach about Black History starting with the 2022-23 academic year. Governor John Carney signed House Bill 198 into law Thursday in Wilmington. Several organizations as well as Africana studies programs at the University of Delaware and Delaware State would be involved in designing the curriculum. Focal…

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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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Del. Legislation Would Mandate Police Body-Worn Cameras

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A statewide body-worn camera mandate and a uniform policy for their use by law enforcement officers would be the result of legislation introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill filed Thursday (HB 195) would require law enforcement officers and certain employees of the Department of Correction and the Department of Services for Children, Youth…

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Black History Mandate In Schools Passes Del. House

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Delaware students could get what’s termed a ‘more realistic and wholistic history of Black people’ under legislation approved in the House of Representatives Thursday. The measure would require Delaware school districts and charter schools to provide curricula on Black History, providing education on how Black people were treated throughout history in the US and on…

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