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 2023 attempt to alter absentee voting passes Senate 

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Senate voted along party lines 15 to 5 to pass a bill that would amend the Delaware constitution to allow absentee voting for any reason. Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Darius Brown, D-Wilmington, ultimately would allow absentee voting for any reason. However, it would require voters to sign an oath or affirmation saying they are free from improper …

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Courts to hold first Safe Surrender Day in over a decade

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Delaware courts will host a special day in May to let those with warrants or other charges have their cases heard quickly and clear their records. Safe Surrender Day will take place May 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington. It’s being billed as a chance for those with warrants or …

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Sen. Darius Brown’s committee positions reinstated

Charles MegginsonGovernment, 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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Black leaders, activists split on Darius Brown ethics inquiry

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Sen. Darius Brown, D-Wilmington Black Wilmington pastors and activists are divided over whether a state senator cleared of offensive touching and disorderly conduct charges should still face a Senate Ethics Committee inquiry. Several, including New Castle County Councilman Jea Street, Delaware NAACP president Richard “Mouse” Smith and the Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Curry, pastor of Ezion Fair Baptist Church, say …

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Darius Brown off another committee after incident at press event

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

State Sen. Darius Brown, D-Edgemoor State Sen. Darius Brown has been booted from yet another Senate committee following a heated altercation with a state representative. The Wilmington Democrat is alleged to have verbally abused Rep. Melissa Minor-Brown, D-New Castle, during a Nov. 8 press event where lawmakers gathered to witness Gov. John Carney’s signing of multiple criminal justice-related bills. “He …

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State Reps ask Carney to remove auditor, but it seems unlikely

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Legislative efforts to remove Kathleen McGuiness from office seem likely to fail, based on state rules With embattled Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness refusing to step down in the wake of her criminal indictment some legislators are pursuing other means to remove her from office.  Reps. Madinah Wilson-Anton, D-Newark, and Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek, have introduced a resolution asking Gov. …

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Facing criminal charges, Darius Brown to lead expungement workshops

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

  A state senator awaiting trial on charges of offensive touching and disorderly conduct will lead a series of town halls designed to help those with criminal records have them expunged. Sen. Darius Brown, D-Wilmington, will host workshops in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties starting Thursday, Oct. 28. The sessions are in line with Brown’s duties as the newly-appointed …

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Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – September 16, 2021

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

Hover over the image below and a gray bar pops up at the bottom—scroll through the pdf, use direction arrows, zoom in or out, download the PDF, or view in full-screen mode. [pdf-embedder url=”https://townsquaredelaware.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/TSD-Sept-16-2021-1.pdf” title=”TSD Sept 16-2021″] This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community Hagley damage may hit $2 million, and it has no flood insurance Upcoming Masses to honor military, …

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Darius Brown follows other legislators into job partly funded by state

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

State Sen. Darius Brown   State Sen. Darius Brown seems to be the latest in a line of Delaware legislators who take jobs with organizations that receive state funds voted on by the General Assembly. Brown, D-Wilmington,  has been hired as executive director of a group focused on reducing recidivism in Wilmington. He is expected to go to trial in …

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Bill to mandate police body cameras signed into law

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

    Nate McQueen, secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety, leads applause for police officers during a ceremony that made police body cameras a state law.   Delaware has become the eighth state in the country to mandate the statewide use of body cameras by police officers. Gov. John Carney was joined by members of the House Black Caucus, …