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Hospital bill passes Senate on party lines, heads back to House

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The bill to create a Delaware hospital budget review board, as expected, passed the Senate today after nearly one hour of comments by Republicans opposed to the state stepping into private businesses. House Bill 350 will now return to the House, which must vote on a Senate amendment that changed several points in the original bill. If it passes there, …

A possible state initiative would address Delaware's food deserts. (Photo by Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College)

Senator: State needs food desert map, grocery store aid

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

A senator representing Wilmington wants the state of Delaware to crack down on food scarcity and hunger. Senate Bill 254, sponsored by Sen. Darius Brown, D-Wilmington, creates the Delaware Grocery Initiative. That group would direct the Office of State Planning Coordination to study food insecurity in urban and rural food deserts. Per the bill, “food deserts” are census tract that …

Ballistic glass could be required for new school buildings if a new legislative bill becomes law.

New school entryways may be required to use ballistic resistant glass 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

The state legislature is looking for more ways to increase the safety and security of school buildings. In Wednesday’s Senate Education Committee meeting, a look at the entryways of buildings and how schools – especially new ones or those making upgrades – could be safer was the heart of a new bill. Senate Bill 279, sponsored by Sen. Jack Walsh, …

A new bill aims to legalize the sale of raw milk in Delaware. (Photo by Utah Natural Meat)

Got (raw) milk? Senators, farmers push to legalize sale

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

While the sale of raw milk in America is either illegal, restricted to on-farm purchases, or other limitations, a handful of states have it completely legal for retail sale, and a new bill could add Delaware to that group.  Some concerns of possible diseases and health defects might put that in jeopardy, although a couple legislators swore by the unpasteurized …

HB 280 sets new forfeiture requirements and switches the burden of proof to the courts. (Photo by Shutterstock)

State forfeiture limits bill gets bipartisan appreciation

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

A new bill that would limit the power of the state to seize assets from Delawareans was applauded in the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee Tuesday. House Bill 280, sponsored by Rep. Kim Williams, D-Marshallton, prohibits assets from forfeiture if they are near controlled substances or with trace amounts of such. The bill points out that legal presumption …

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Hospitals, legislators reach deal on state review board

Betsy PriceHeadlines, Government

State hospitals and legislators have reached a deal that will see House Bill 350, a bill to set up a state board that could review and force changes to hospital budgets, become law. Based on expected amendments, “the Delaware Healthcare Association stands neutral on HB 350 and will no longer actively oppose the bill at this time,” said Brian Frazee, …

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Southbridge residents await remediation of contaminated park

Jose Castaneda PerezGovernment, Headlines

This story was originally published on Spotlight Delaware.  Regular visitors of Barbara Hicks Park in Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood face potential health risks stemming from contaminants in the soil that were discovered nearly two years ago. Despite the discovery, city officials have not yet made a decision on remedial action or established a timeline to clean up the park. Frequent park visitors face …

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GOP’s Short: State budget needs oversight, too, if hospitals must have it

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A Sussex County state representative plans to introduce a bill that will hold lawmakers to the same rules its Democrat members want to set for hospitals: Holding budgets to benchmark. State Rep. Danny Short, R-Seaford, and other Republicans have repeatedly said during House and Senate hearings and debates that the state wants to hold hospitals to a rule it won’t …

All five registered candidates for governor in November's election gave their thoughts on education issues in a public forum Wednesday night.

The 5 candidates for governor talk education in Delaware

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

The five candidates vying to replace Gov. John Carney in November’s gubernatorial election took the stage Wednesday night to give their thoughts on the state of education in Delaware. The three Democrats and two Republicans agreed that the need for reform in First State schools transcends politics.  The forum, hosted by Polytech High School, was organized by the Vision Coalition …

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Bill to amend hospital board bill pops up for vote unannounced

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A bill to alter the controversial hospital board bill, which is still moving through the Senate, was filed in the Delaware House at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday and showed up unannounced in the House Administration Committee at noon Wednesday morning. Despite protests from House Minority Leader Mike Ramone, R-Newark/Pike Creek, and Lyndon Yearick, R-Camden, about the speed and non-transparency of the …