DE State Senator Sarah McBride Announces Run for US Congress

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State Senator Sarah McBride has announced that she will run for Delaware’s lone Congressional seat – to succeed Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, who has filed to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by Tom Carper. McBride says that government should do more to make it easier for people to raise a family. In…

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DE State Senate Approves Tenants Rights Measure

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The Delaware State Senate has approved legislation that will give tenants a right to representation in eviction proceedings and other landlord-tenant actions. Senate Substitute 1 to Senate Bill 1 also creates a pre-trial diversion program aimed at resolving landlord-tenant disputes before they reach a courtroom. The measure was approved by a 19 to 0 vote…

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Maryland Primary Results, Legislative Districts

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Results of Maryland legislative primaries, in the first election since redistricting, are unofficial and mailed ballots are left to be counted. CLICK HERE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES RACES CLICK HERE FOR STATE SENATE RACES In the House District 37-B Republican primary, Christopher Adams with a narrow lead over Tom Hutchinson, 34.8-percent to 33-percent for two…

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Del. Senators Pass New Phase Of Bail Reform

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People charged with certain offenses would not be eligible for bail, under a bill (SS 1 for SB 11) approved in the Delaware State Senate Thursday.The first leg of a proposed constitutional amendment would allow the General Assembly to add crimes and circumstances where preventative detention would protect public safety.Currently, courts are permitted to hold…

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Three Bills to Modernize Delaware’s Campaign Finance Rules Filed in State Senate

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Sen. Trey Paradee and Rep. Sean Lynn this week sponsored three bills to modernize Delaware’s campaign finance rules by increasing fundraising transparency, adjusting minimum reporting thresholds for inflation, and enhancing the penalties for candidates who fail to file reports in a timely fashion.  “Some of the changes proposed by this legislation will align Delaware code with the policies…

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DE State Senate Aproves “Gun Shop Project”

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The Delaware State Senate has approved a statewide “Gun Shop Project.” House Bill 55 reaches out to gun shops regarding the role that they can play in suicide prevention. The primary purpose of the bill is to develop, create and provide suicide prevention education materials and training – to be made available for dealers and…

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Maryland Lawmakers Consider Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

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The Maryland State Senate is set to take up a bill that would require background checks on private sales of riles and shotguns. The Senate will take up a different version of the bill than the one passed by the House of Delegates. If approved, a conference committee will have to iron out the differences…

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Governor Hogan Vetoes $15 Minimum Wage Bill

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican has vetoed two notable pieces of legislation advanced by the Democratic controlled state legislature in both the House and Senate. The Governor previously criticized the $15 minimum wage legislation, saying it would hurt “mom and pop businesses” and lead to the “elimination of 9,000 jobs for the very people…

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Amended Legislation to Fund Delaware Tech Out of Senate Committee

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A Delaware State Senate committee has approved Senate Substitute 2 for Senate Bill 50 which deals with the funding for major and minor capital improvements, deferred maintenance and more and will establish the Community College Infrastructure Fund for Delaware Tech. The College’s Board of Trustees will have the authority to issue bonds to finance the…

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Maryland Senate Advances Measure Banning Styrofoam Products

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Maryland’s State Senate has voted in favor of a measure that would ban the use of styrofoam products in the food service industry. The bill, which would take effect on July 1, 2020 would fine violators unto 250 dollars per violation after receiving a written warning. A similar measure is currently pending in the state…

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Maryland Measure Allowing Unspecified Gender Advances in Senate

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The Maryland State Senate has advanced a measure that would allow for residents to select an unspecified gender on the driver’s licenses. Senators gave the measure preliminary approval on Wednesday. The bill would allow applicants to identify as male, female or unspecified. If the applicant identifies as an unspecified sex, the Motor Vehicle Administration would…

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Proposed Delaware Law Targets Illegal Dumping

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A bill making it’s way through Delaware’s State Senate would increase penalties on offenders who illegally dump. Those charged would face hefty fines as well as community service. Currently, illegal dumping falls under the same statue as littering, which can carry a 50 dollar fine and eight hours of community service. Under the new proposal,…

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Unofficial Delaware Election Results

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Results in Delaware began coming in quickly Tuesday night – but when all was said and done – not much changed. The divide in the Delaware State Senate grew wider – with Democrat Laura Sturgeon picking up the District 4 seat formerly held by Republican and Senate Minority Whip, Greg Lavelle. Democrats also retained the…

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UPDATED: All Judicial Nominations Approved in DE State Senate Special Session

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UPDATED – 6:15pm – All nominees for judicial seats were approved in special session by the Delaware State Senate this afternoon. JUDGE OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS APPOINT: The Honorable Bradley Manning SUSSEX COUNTY RESIDENT JUDGE FOR THE SUPERIOR COURT APPOINT: The Honorable Richard Stokes JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT APPOINT: Craig Karsnitz VICE…

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And the Candidates in Delaware Are….

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The filing deadline for candidates in Delaware was noon Tuesday and there has been a flurry of filings since Friday.  The Sussex County Council has seen 6 candidates file for 2 open seats now that George Cole has announced that he will be stepping down at the end of his term and Rob Arlett is…

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DE’s FY 2019 Budget Approved and Signed

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No race for the midnight deadline this year in approving and signing the FY 2019 Delaware Budget.  Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 235 on Thursday after it received final passage in the State House.  The measure is a balanced $4.2-billion plan that makes investment in Delaware’s economy, workforce and public schools.  It also appropriates…

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DE State Senate Approves FY 2019

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With a week still to go in the Delaware General Assembly, the State Senate has already dealt with the proposed FY 2019 $796-million budget and passed the measure – sending it to the State House for consideration.  The budget increases spending by about 30% over this year and is $91-million more than Governor John Carney…

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Legislation on Offshore Drilling Passes in State Senate

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Legislation that will implement new restrictions on offshore drilling passed in the State Senate last week.  Senate Bill 207 would require state agencies to review offshore gas and oil exploration leases along Delaware’s coast to the extent permitted under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act – and all pertinent stat laws.  The measure also includes…

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Bump Stock Bill Vote Expected Today in DE House

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Delaware House lawmakers are expected to take what may be the final vote today on a bill banning bump stocks, trigger cranks and similar devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms.   Thursday’s scheduled vote comes after the Senate amended the bill last week to lower the penalty for a first offense of possessing…

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DE Senate Defeats Equal Rights Amendment to State Constitution

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Legislation that would amend the Delaware Constitution was defeated in the State Senate Wednesday.  House Bill 399 would provide equal rights on the basis of sex.  An amendment to the US Constitution was passed in 1972 but not ratified by the number of needed states by the 1982 deadline.  Delaware was one of the first…

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Sen Richardson to Announce Candidacy Monday in Seaford

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On Monday, Delaware State Senator Bryant Richardson will announce his bid for a second term to represent the 21st District – which includes Seaford, Laurel, Delmar and Gumboro.  He will make the announcement at noon at the Riverwalk in Seaford.  

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