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Sen. Darius Brown’s committee positions reinstated

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Sen. Darius Brown, D-Wilmington State Sen. Darius Brown has been reinstated as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and member of the Senate Capital Improvement Committee. Brown, D-Wilmington, was removed from the Judiciary Committee in May 2021 after being arrested on misdemeanor offensive touching and disorderly conduct charges. He was removed from the Capital Improvement Committee in Nov. 2021 after …

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Legislators pass college livestream, school fingerprinting bills

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A bill headed to the House after passing in the Senate would require state colleges to livestream trustee meetings and make that an an archive of them available to the public. Photo by Unsplash.   Two education bills sailed unanimously through the General Assembly Tuesday. The Senate unanimously passed a bill requiring Delaware colleges to livestream meetings and maintain an …

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Senate passes tax relief for retired military, first responders

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

The State Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved two bills to provide tax relief for retired service members and first responders living in Delaware. If made law, Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 188 will exclude up to $12,500 worth of military pension income from state tax calculations for all retired service members, regardless of age, starting in 2023.  “Our nation’s …

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Proposed law would have car insurers turn a blind eye to gender

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill filed in the General Assembly would make it illegal for car insurers in Delaware to use gender as a factor when determining customers’ premiums. Senate Bill 231, sponsored by Sen. Kyle Evans Gay, D-Brandywine Hundred, prohibits the use of gender, gender identity, or sex as a rating factor in personal automobile insurance policies. Gay cited a report from …

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Paid leave passes in Senate, heads to House

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Paid family and medical leave in Delaware moved one step closer to becoming a reality Tuesday after the Senate passed a bill to create the program along party lines. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Sarah McBride, D-Wilmington North, will now advance to the House of Representatives. The Healthy Delaware Families Act would create a statewide insurance program to provide up …

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Bill aims to fine drivers who drive snow and ice covered cars

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Dover cars and neighborhoods were covered with snow in an early January storm. Photo by Erica Rae/Delaware Community Lens A bill that aims to fine drivers who operate a vehicle without first clearing it of snow and ice — and penalize them further if that snow or ice falls off and causes damage to another vehicle — passed the Delaware …

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Resolution condemning federal government for school board overreach fails in Senate

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo by MChe Lee/Unsplash A Republican resolution to condemn federal action against parents at school board meetings and reaffirm their rights to bring grievances to local boards of education failed Monday in the Delaware Senate along party lines. On Oct. 4, the federal Department of Justice issued a one-page memo instructing the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet with …

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Senate redistricting maps show few impactful changes

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

  Most Senate districts will change some boundaries , but only slightly.   Democratic leaders in the State Senate have published draft maps of Delaware’s 21 Senate districts and announced a date for the legislature to consider a final redistricting bill.  The Senate will convene in a special session on Nov. 1 to finalize the maps that will define Delaware’s …

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Senate to reconvene to consider nominations Wednesday, redistricting Nov. 1

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Senate will go into special session Wednesday to consider Gov. John Carney’s nominations, and Nov. 1 to look at draft redistricting maps. Photo by Brian K. Leonard.   The Delaware Senate has been called on by the governor to return to Dover Wednesday for a special session. Gov. John Carney called the one-day session to have the Senate …

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39 new nonprofits included in Grants-in-Aid bill headed to Carney

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney, center, and state legislators pose after the governor signed the state budget and bond bills Wednesday. On the heels of the largest bond bill in state history being passed by the General Assembly Wednesday, the State Senate rubberstamped a $63.2 million grant package, closing out a markedly peaceful week of budget discussions. The FY 2022 Grants-in-Aid bill …