Richardson

Lawmaker hosts conference aimed at ending human trafficking

Charles Megginson Headlines, Government

Lawmakers, state employees and law enforcement officers gathered at Legislative Hall Tuesday to learn how Delaware can better address the scourge of human trafficking. Delaware is one of 39 states to receive an ‘F’ on the Shared Hope International Child and Youth Sex Trafficking Report Card, attendees learned Tuesday. Areas the state performed the worst in include identification and response …

Medicare

Change to state retirees’ health insurance prompts angst

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A change to the health insurance held by retirees of Delaware’s state government is causing an uproar. The state’s requirement that retirees and pensioners switch from original Medicare to a specially-tailored Medicare Advantage plan has led to charges that retirees will lose their doctors or be denied services that are currently covered. That’s not true, said Delaware Secretary of Human …

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House speaker refuses to consider McGuiness removal

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Senate on Monday passed a resolution to begin a process Democratic leadership hopes will result in the removal of one of their own: State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness. Every Republican voted against the measure, putting them in line with House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, who said he has “no intention of calling the House into session to consider this …

Gun Debate

House committee OKs semi-automatic, under 21 purchase ban

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Bills to ban semi-automatic firearms and restrict the purchase of guns by Delawareans 21 and older were released from a House committee Wednesday and will advance to the House floor for a vote. The hearing attracted a crowd of well over 100 concerned citizens on both sides of the issue, many of whom filled lawmakers’ seats in the House chamber. …

Riot

Anti-riot bills die in committee

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A package of bills aimed at creating specific crimes for destructive and dangerous conduct during violent riots will not move forward in the legislative process.  Senate Bills 220, 221 and 223 would have created the crimes of looting, riotous burning and destruction of a public monument. Senate Bill 219 would have made it illegal to manufacture, transfer, possess or use Molotov cocktails. The bills were not voted …

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Lawmaker proposes specific crimes for violent riots, looting, destroying monuments

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Four bills aimed at increasing penalties for destructive and dangerous conduct during times of civil disorder will be heard by a Senate committee Wednesday.  The first of the four bills – all sponsored by Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Harrington – would make it illegal to manufacture, transfer, possess or use Molotov cocktails or other incendiary or explosive devices during a riot.  …

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House, Senate seek advice on McGuiness removal, but fail to finish job

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Two separate resolutions passed in the House and Senate requesting the Delaware Supreme Court issue an advisory opinion on the General Assembly’s authority to remove indicted State Auditor Kathy McGuiness.  The auditor was indicted in October on a slew of felony and misdemeanor corruption charges alleging nepotism, fraud, theft and witness intimidation. She has pled not guilty to all charges. …