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A tale of two bills: Paid leave and pot

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

One became the law of the land. The other went up in smoke.  Both involved years of planning, hundreds of meetings, thousands of stakeholder discussions and countless compromises.  The difference? One bill had the support of Gov. John Carney — the other didn’t.  With his signature, the Healthy Delaware Families Act became the 151st General Assembly’s big winner, while his …

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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 …

TSD Review Feb 17

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – Feb. 17, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community Before the Battle of Brandywine, Washington was in Wilmington Red Clay joins Christina, Brandywine in Learning Collaborative talks Tower Hill replaces library with HUB that enhances tech, gatherings Vials speak to first responders when you can’t Hockessin mom sues to end Carney’s school mask mandate Business Paid leave bill is a product of compromise, …

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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 …