152nd Delaware General Assembly House committees

House committees feature more women, minorities as leaders

Betsy Price Government, 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 …

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Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – Year End Review – Dec. 29, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view the PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: January A perfect storm for schools, teachers: No subs, bus woes, COVID Wilmington residents sign petition in support of police chief February Restaurants wrestle with pricing to cover industry cost hikes Before the Battle of Brandywine, Washington was in Wilmington March Pike Creek church’s drive-thru ash …

TSD Review Nov 17

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – November 17, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view the PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community I-95’s Restore the Corridor work largely finished Wilmington City Councilwoman Linda Gray dead at 73 Delaware State Fair announces first summer concert performer Business Google to pay Delaware $4.3M in location tracking settlement Walmart agrees to $3.1B opioid settlement, $11.8M goes to DE Food & …

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Two lawmakers storm out of rushed committee hearing

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Two Republican lawmakers stormed out of a House committee hearing Wednesday after being asked to limit their questions and public comments were restricted to one minute each.  The committee met to discuss five bills with just an hour allotted for the meeting before lawmakers were due on the House floor for a short session.  Two of those bills – Senate …

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State Representative calls $300 relief check a bribe

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The bipartisan proposal to give every adult Delawarean $300 in direct relief was formalized Friday after lawmakers filed the bill, which they dubbed the 2022 Delaware Relief Rebate Program.  House Bill 360 will result in the issuance of a one-time payment to every Delaware resident taxpayer who filed personal income tax returns for tax year 2020, and adult residents who …

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Republican bill would increase senior property tax credit to $750

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A Republican-backed bill to nearly double the tax break for senior citizen homeowners is pending action in the Delaware House of Representatives.  House Bill 287, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Hensley, R-Odessa, would increase the Senior School Property Tax Credit to a maximum of $750 annually. Currently, homeowners ages 65 and older are eligible for a 50 percent tax credit against …

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Proposed voting maps draw ire of voters, advocacy groups, GOP

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Expedited redistricting process draws ire of open-government groups, concerned citizens House Democratic leaders have held the second and final public hearing on proposed redistricting maps. Now, the clock is ticking toward the General Assembly’s self-imposed Nov. 8 deadline to finalize the maps that will define Delaware’s House and Senate districts for the next decade. Despite the majority caucuses’ efforts to …

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House, Senate send largest bond bill ever to Carney for signature

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Senate says the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of Tuesday’s session. Delaware residents will soon see the effects of a $1.35 billion spending package was passed Tuesday by both houses of the General Assembly. Gov. John Carney is expected to sign it and a $63 million Grants-in-Aid bill Wednesday at 1 p.m. in his office, after it …

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Minimum wage bill sponsor condemns last-minute amendments to bill

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

    The bill to raise Delaware’s minimum wage is set for its final stop on the General Assembly roller coaster Thursday before being sent to the governor. And when it comes up in the House of Representatives, so will nine amendments filed since June 10, most by Republicans opposed to raising minimum wage to $15 by 2025. They would …

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Bill to lower income tax fails in committee, but one to cut real estate tax passes

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill to lower the state’s real estate transfer tax will go to the House of Representatives passed a committee Wednesday. Two Republican bills designed to take advantage of Delaware’s flush revenues found different fates Wednesday in the House Revenue and Finance Committee, with one failing to gain traction and the other earning unanimous support. The first was House Bill …