TSD Review May 12

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – May 12, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Headlines Include: COMMUNITY Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures: DE to designate state dino Why you should put food beside your mailbox May 14 Memorial Day events honor those who gave their lives Winterthur’s Jackie Kennedy exhibit now open Dolly Parton serenades book celebration party at Wilmington Library FOOD AND DINING Opening of Grain in Trolley Square …

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Paid family and medical leave ‘the law of the land’ in Delaware

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Rep. Debra Heffernan, the bill’s House sponsor, holds SS1 for SB 1 after it was signed by Gov. John Carney Tuesday. (Charlie Megginson/Delaware LIVE News) Delaware has become the 11th state to offer a paid family and medical leave program to new parents, caregivers, and those with serious illnesses. Flanked by lawmakers and activists, Gov. John Carney on Tuesday signed …

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Paid leave bill heads to Carney for signature

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo/Kristina Paukshtite, Pexels The bill to create a paid family and medical leave program in Delaware passed in the House of Representatives Thursday by a margin of 29 to 11. Three Republicans, Reps. Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek, Kevin Hensley, R-Odessa, and Mike Ramone, R-Hockessin, voted in favor of the legislation.  Because the House voted to add an amendment, the bill …

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Paid leave bill to be walked through House committee

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Healthy Delaware Families Act is expected to proceed to the House Appropriations Committee despite not receiving the requisite number of votes in the House Health and Human Development Committee Wednesday. Photo/Getty Images. The bill to create a statewide paid family and medical leave program faced a slight hiccup on its journey to becoming law Wednesday. The Healthy Delaware Families …

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Paid leave passes in Senate, heads to House

Charles 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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Paid leave bill is a product of compromise, sponsor says

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The paid family and medical leave bill expected to be considered by the General Assembly this year includes changes from the original proposal that the sponsor says reflect compromises with stakeholders. The Healthy Delaware Families Act, more commonly referred to as the paid leave bill, would create a statewide insurance program to provide up to 80% of wages for eligible …

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Paid family leave bill lands in the hands of lawmakers

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill to give Delaware workers up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave was heard by the Senate Health and Social Services Committee Wednesday. It is expected to be released and head to the Senate for consideration. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Sarah McBride, D-Wilmington, would create a statewide insurance program to …

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Mail-in ballots, paid leave, police reform top 2022 legislative agenda

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

State legislators will be back in session in a little more than a month. Photo by Aimintang/Getty Images Signature In five weeks, Delaware’s 151st General Assembly will kick off its 2022 legislative session with many Democratic legislators looking to advance progressive causes that have previously struggled to gain traction.  Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly by wide margins.  …