New Del. Law Would Enhanced Penalties For Assault Against Healthcare Workers

Marcy Jack, Chief Quality Officer for Beebe Healthcare, an advocate for House Bill 324 is pictured with Senator Trey Paradee, the lead Senate sponsor of HB 324. Representative Bill Bush (not pictured) introduced HB 324 in the House. Photo submitted by Delaware Healthcare Association
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Violence against more healthcare workers in Delaware would be a felony offense under legislation given final approval in the State Senate.Delaware Code already classifies assault against people in various professions as a second-degree crime, including physicians, nurses and EMT’s. However, it did not include numerous other employees in a health system who have close contact…

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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. Recreational Marijuana Bill Clears House Committee

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A state House committee has cleared legislation that would allow adults in Delaware to legally use marijuana for recreational purposes, while setting up a legal framework to regulate cultivation, sale and possession of marijuana. “Today, we heard from numerous members of the public – advocates, veterans, retired law enforcement officers, educators and even faith leaders…

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Del. Budgets Enacted For FY ’22

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Delaware’s operating budget and capital budget are now law for the fiscal year that starts Thursday. Governor John Carney signed the $4.7-billion FY ’22 budget (House Bill 250) into law Wednesday afternoon, as well as the bond bill (Senate Bill 200), which totals a record $1.3-billion. Carney said the budget also sets aside $286-million in…

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Update: FY ’22 Budget Approved, Sent To Gov. Carney

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Update as of Thursday, June 24th: The Delaware Fiscal Year 2022 budget is on its way to Governor John Carney for his signature. The Senate Thursday approved an operating budget of 4.77-billion dollars, one day after House approval. Also, the Senate passed a 221-million dollar supplemental measure with one-time expenditures. “This year’s budget process highlights…

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Del. Bill Targets Polystyrene Containers, Plastic Stirrers

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Polystyrene containers and plastic straws are targeted in new legislation in the Delaware General Assembly. A bill (SB 134) has been introduced that would prohibit restaurants from serving food in containers made of what’s commonly branded Styrofoam. Also, establishments would not provide single-use plastic straws unless requested by the customer. Single-use plastic coffee stirrers, cocktail…

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‘Land Scam’ Critic’s Probe Raises More Questions

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A Delawarean claims a citizen-led investigation implicates the Carney administration for selling state land for pennies on the dollar to a political insider, but DelDOT also provided additional insight into the issue that’s also at the center of a PAC advertising campaign. Monday, Sam Chick released a detailed account on www.delawarelandscam.com surrounding the transactions that…

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