Death penalty bills would codify Supreme Court’s 2016 ban

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

Two bills moving through the General Assembly officially will ban the death penalty in Delaware. Both are sponsored by Sen. Sean Lynn, D-Dover. The state Supreme Court in 2016 ruled that Delaware’s death penalty was unconstitutional and effectively banned it but state laws are still on the books. House Bill 70 would eliminate the death penalty. Instead, it would establish …

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Bill: Stop forcing docs to report people who could black out

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

State law now requires doctors to report people who have medical conditions that may cause them to lose consciousness to the Department of Motor Vehicles.  They can lose their licenses as a result and end up in a months-long battle that drags the doctor in as they fight to get it back. House Bill 314, which unanimously cleared the House …


Bill raising fines for ignoring emergency vehicles moves on

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

Drivers who don’t move over for emergency vehicles would face stricter penalties under House Bill 329. The bill passed through the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Tuesday and now moves to the House ready list for a floor vote.  HB 329 addresses the growing concern over the safety of emergency responders by increasing the penalties for drivers that …


Delaware won’t have a presidential primary this year.

Katie KazimirHeadlines, Government

A bill to eliminate the 2024 Delaware presidential primary on Tuesday passed both the House and Senate with little opposition and was signed into law by Gov. John Carney, all in a matter of hours. Since Donald Trump and Joe Biden are the sole candidates for their parties, there was no need for a primary, said Senate Bill 241 sponsor …


Bills seek stricter sanctions for endangering first responders

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

Two bills pending in House committees would mandate stricter punishment for those that endanger first responders or damage their equipment.  State Rep. Jeff Hilovsky (R-Long Neck/Oak Orchard) is sponsoring House Bill 329, aimed at motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way of an emergency vehicle with its lights and sirens. State Rep. Jesse Vanderwende (R-Greenwood/Bridgeville) said he decided to offer …


DNREC details how wind farm cable will come ashore in park

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

State officials this week laid out the way they expect transmission lines from an offshore wind farm to be installed under the 3 Rs Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park. During an information open house at Bethany Town Hall Tuesday, DNREC representatives displayed posters around the room loaded with information. One said four cables will be bored 60 feet under …


Handgun permit, training bill returns to Senate for vote on changes

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

After hours of wrangling over 11 proposed amendments Thursday, a bill requiring a permit and training to buy a handgun passed the state House in a different form and was sent back to the Senate for consideration. Under Senate Bill 2(S), most Delawareans could obtain a permit to purchase a handgun if they have completed an approved firearm training course …

Metered parking will be $4 an hour this year in Rehoboth Beach. (Wikimedia Commons photo by Dough4872)

You’ll probably pay more for beach parking this year

Katie KazimirCulture, Government, Headlines

Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany beaches are increasing parking rates this summer, with Rehoboth and Dewey officials citing increased health insurance costs and other expenses. Parking rates for Lewes and Fenwick Island rates will not change. Here’s the situation in each Sussex County beach community. Rehoboth Beach parking Citing a $4.4 million deficit in the city’s proposed $37 million budget for …

John Disalvio (from left), Dave Mills and John Martin at the Food Bank of Delaware, in an event launching Do More 24 Delaware.

Food security backpacks launch Do More 24 Delaware

Katie KazimirCulture, Headlines

  Spur Impact and United Way of Delaware kicked off Do More 24 Delaware on Wednesday at the Food Bank of Delaware facility in Milford. “Do More 24 Delaware is intended to be a unique giving holiday for nonprofits serving Delaware,” said Sarah Carter, the United Way’s manager for Sussex County engagement. The event invites the public to donate a …

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Great Stuff: Walk in for a deal, walk out with new friends

Katie KazimirCulture, Headlines

TALLEYVILLE – The positive vibe inside Great Stuff Savvy Resale & Home store is palpable the moment you walk into this upscale thrift store. In addition to its attractively displayed designer clothing, accessories and house accents, there’s almost always a happy buzz of volunteers, staff and shoppers. Great Stuff’s impact is much wider. Its profits – $170,000 last year – …