The filed request states that the embezzlement in excess of $180,000 from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance was wrongly not reported to the state's citizens. (Photo by the Corporate Finance Institute)

Group files for investigation for lack of reporting on state embezzlement

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

A nonprofit filed a request Wednesday to the Delaware General Assembly to investigate the failure by state officials responsible for reporting the act of embezzlement in excess of $180,000 from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance. The Delaware Coalition for Open Government filed the request. That group aims for transparency and accountability in Delaware’s government — it …


State Sportsmen, others file lawsuit against permit-to-purchase law

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association and others have filed suit in U.S. District court claiming Delaware’s new permit-to-purchase law is unconstitutional. “This is a case about vindicating fundamental civil rights being trampled on by overbearing legislation that defies controlling legal authority,” says the case filed by Francis G.X. Pileggi and others. The new law, known as Senate Substitute 1 for …

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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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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 …


State moves to control hospital budgets to lower health costs

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Delaware’s hospitals soon could be governed by a politically appointed state board charged with examining and approving hospital budgets and invested with the power to demand changes and punish those that don’t meet its guidelines. House Bill 350 would create the Diamond State Hospital Cost Review Board under the Department of Health and Social Services. It will try to keep …


26 amendments later, permit to purchase bill goes to Carney

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

After 26 proposed amendments and about nine hours of discussion, the permit to purchase bill has passed both the House and Senate and is on its way to Gov. John Carney for signature to become law. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, D-Wilmington, would require most Delawareans to obtain a permit …


Bill adding asexuality, pansexuality into law moves to House

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A move to add asexuality and pansexuality to the state definition of sexual orientation led to conversations about what those terms mean — and a warning that adding them could one day lead to adding pedophiles, too. Rep. Eric Morrison, D-Newark/Bear, said the idea for House Bill 275 came from a member of Delaware’s LBGTQ+ community who identifies as pansexual. …


Bipartisan bill would see Inspector General at work by 2025

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A much-debated Office of Inspector General would be up and running by early 2025, if a new bill passes the Delaware Assembly by the end of June. Sen. Laura Sturgeon, D-Hockessin, would create the  Office of Inspector General, an independent watchdog agency empowered to investigate waste, fraud,and abuse in the executive and legislative branches of state government with Senate Bill …


Neal strikes gender-affirming care bill; will introduce new one

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A Delaware legislator who identifies as nonbinary on Tuesday asked to strike a proposed bill that would protect medical professionals who provide general-affirming medical care. Rep. DeShanna Neal, D-Elsmere/Newport, introduced House Bill 230 in June 2023 and asked on Tuesday for the bill to be dropped from consideration. Neal didn’t give a reason during the session. Efforts were unsuccessful to …

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GOP senators: Hecklers, smirking legislators ’embarrassment’

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Republican senators said Tuesday they were disappointed at the hecklers interrupting Gov. John Carney’s last State of the State speech  — and even more disappointed in the members of the legislature smirking during the heckling. A video shows the first heckler, a woman in the gallery wearing a pink hajib, start shouting and asking for a moment of silence. As …