A proposed rebate program could incentives people to purchase EV charging equipment. (Photo by paulynn/Adobe Stock)

Bill would OK using taxpayer $$$ to help Delawareans buy EV chargers

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

After pushback about how Delaware will pay for it, a bill creating a rebate program to help residents buy electric vehicle charging equipment was approved unanimously in a House committee Tuesday. The lower the buyer’s income, the larger the rebate would be, according to House Bill 13, sponsored by Rep. Sophie Phillips, D-Christiana. The bill did not have a financial …

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Bill to change state tax brackets halted in committee

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would alter Delaware’s tax code in a way the sponsor says would ultimately lower tax payments for everyone was put to death Tuesday by the House Revenue and Finance Committee. Another was delayed for consideration until the next meeting. Votes for House Bill 233, sponsored by Majority Leader Mike Ramone, R-Newark/Pike Creek, split along party lines in …

Delaware legislators Thursday were presented the recommendations from a state educator pay committee.

Educator pay report gets mostly warm welcome from legislators

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

Delaware state senators and representatives didn’t revolt when they got their first bite at recommendations for higher educator pay that would cost the state hundreds of millions in coming years. But questions did arise in Thursday’s joint House And Senate Education committees meeting that lasted about 1 ¼ hours. They included concern about poorer districts’ ability to pay their 30% …

A proposed bill dealing with green energy drew opposition from Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millsboro.

Proposed green energy bill could mean higher power bills

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

A piece of proposed legislation that would give the Delaware Public Service Commission more power over the sources of energy in the First State is drawing fire from a state representative. The legislation, which popped up in a recent energy stakeholders meeting, would support Delaware’s Climate Action Plan. It does not yet have a sponsor attached. “They’re pushing forward with …

Paid leave bills dealing with bereavement and compassionate leave passed the House.

More paid leave bills, rent increase restrictions pass House

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

As the General Assembly is in its last week of session this week, the state House went into the late hours of Tuesday night with discussion around several bills addressing paid leave.  House Bill 65, sponsored by Rep. Debra Heffernan, D-Brandywine Hundred South, provides state employees who suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth or other loss, a maximum of five days of …

Two bills pertaining to gun restrictions passed the House Thursday.

Guns in school zones, polling places bills pass House

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

Two laws restricting the presence of guns in school zones and election polling places passed the House and are headed to a Senate committee for debate.  House Bill 201, sponsored by Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, aims to enable a police officer to act immediately when they see or suspect a person with a gun in …

Mental health was a theme of three bills in the House Education Committee.

Student ‘mental health days’ bill among 5 on way to House 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A busy day in the House Education Committee Wednesday – headlined by a law that would give students mental health days – ended with five bills sent to the full House.  House Bill 3, sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, provides for excused absences for the mental or behavioral health of a student. It requires any student …

HB 33 would increase funding for preschool students with special needs. (Unsplash)

Preschool special ed. funding bill draws staffing, money concerns

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A bill that would increase funding for preschool students with disabilities was released by the House Education Committee Wednesday, but not without some concerns.  House Bill 33, sponsored by Rep. Kim Williams, D-Marshallton, would increase funding for those students by revising the current ratio of 12.8 students per education unit to 8.4 students per unit for preschoolers 3 years and …

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Bill to stop school boards hiking property tax is tabled

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A bill that would ban a local school tax increase after the statewide property reassessment is completed was tabled Wednesday in the House Educaiton Committee after a lengthy discussion. House Bill 42, sponsored by Rep. Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek, would remove the up-to-10% increase in school property taxes that current law would allow schools boards to levy. Rep. Rich Collins, …

Leaders of three Sussex County charter schools highlighted their programs and needs during a legislative breakfast Thursday. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

3 Sussex charters ask for more legislative help

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Officials from three Sussex County charter schools told state representatives Thursday they need more legislative support to best support their students and communities. “We don’t have the available resources for a wellness center,” said Eric Anderson, head of Sussex Academy. “Our kids are like any other, and they need these supports.” His school hosted a joint breakfast that included Sussex …