Delaware House of Representatives Morrison

House GOP condemns Morrison for rape, violence comments

Betsy PriceHeadlines, Government

Delaware House Republicans this week condemned Rep. Eric Morrison who, among other things, said in a hearing that racketeering, extortion and bestiality were not violent crimes and that most cases of rape were statutory and not violent.  “While Rep. Morrison is factually wrong–racketeering, extortion and bestiality often  involve violence–our antipathy for his declaration centers on his views of sexual assault …

Rep. Valerie Jones Giltner

Giltner sworn in as sole Republican woman in Assembly

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Safety and security on many fronts will be some of the main issues that Valerie Jones Giltner, R-Georgetown, will be paying attention to during her first session of the Delaware General Assembly. Giltner, who was sworn in Tuesday as the Delaware General Assembly’s sole Republican woman, won a special election in December to replace Ruth Briggs King. She resigned before …

Ruth Briggs King

Ruth Briggs King, only Republican woman in General Assembly, resigns

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The only Republican woman in Delaware’s General Assembly announced her resignation Wednesday morning. Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown/Millsboro, said she was moving out of her district just over the line into another one, after serving for 14 years. “To many, this is no surprise since I have been candid and open about the impending changes,” she said in a statement. …

Neal

Atheist Day resolution fails in Delaware House

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A resolution to declare March 23 National Atheist Day failed in the Delaware House, 11 to 26, with two absent and two not voting. The resolution was sponsored in the House by Rep. Eric Morrison, D-Glasgow. “Today, atheists in America are often looked down upon and expected to remain silent regarding our beliefs,” Morrison told the House. “Many atheists are …

Tax rebate Delaware General Assembly

House moves to block federal taxes on $300 rebate checks

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

If a bill approved Thursday by the Delaware House of Representatives succeeds, residents won’t have to pay state or federal taxes on the $300 rebates issued last year. House Bill 25 would designate that money as qualified disaster payments and therefore untaxable. The 2022 Delaware Relief Rebate Program was a one-time direct payment of $300 per Delaware resident taxpayer who …

Delaware House of Representatives Morrison

Longhurst starts House Day 2 by apologizing to Minor-Brown

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

  The Delaware House of Representatives majority leader started the second day of the 152nd General Assembly Wednesday by apologizing to the new minority leader for the way she phrased a description of her. On Tuesday, Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, had introduced Rep. Melissa Minor-Brown as “the first colored woman in leadership in the House of Representatives.” They hugged after …

152nd Delaware General Assembly House committees

House committees feature more women, minorities as leaders

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The Delaware House of Representatives has announced committee assignments for the 152nd General Assembly, with the Democrats crowing that its slate of chairs and vice-chairs reflect the diversity of the chamber. More than half of the committees will be chaired by women, while a person of color will serve as chair and/or vice-chair of 13 different committees. In addition, five …

Short legislative hall

Lawmakers take oaths Jan. 10 but already working

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Even though Delaware’s state senators and representatives won’t be formally sworn in until Jan. 10, their work begins the day after election day — and so do their paychecks.  Delaware is one of just four states where lawmakers assume office the day after an election. Three other states’ lawmakers assume office on election day, while eight others assume office sometime …

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Tax credit for those making $35K or less dies in committee

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would have given a $280 tax credit to Delawareans with a 2022 income of $35,000 or less blew up Tuesday in the House Revenue and Finance Committee. Partly a victim of the end-of-the-year rush and partly a victim of not being written well, House Bill 393 will need to be reintroduced in January, when the 152nd session …

Gun Debate

House committee OKs semi-automatic, under 21 purchase ban

Charles MegginsonGovernment, 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. …