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Senate passes $1.4 billion for capital improvementĀ 

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Senate has approved $1.4 billion in capital improvement projects, along with a bill that would ban the LGBTQ panic defense, and a bill that adds more funding for the suicide crisis hotline. Senate Bill 160, sponsored by Sen. Jack Walsh, D-Stanton, would allocate $1,409,448,938 to address capital improvement projects across the state through this year’s bond bill.Ā  Walsh said …

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Offshore wind bill sent to Senate; will it hike power bills?

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A bill that requires DNREC to investigate offshore wind as a power source and work with electric companies to analyze its impact will head to the full Senate. Senate Bill 170, sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, passed the Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee meeting Wednesday. SB 17 0 would require the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control …

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Changing ‘woman’ to ‘person’ doesn’t stop maternity bill

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Republicans and Democrats went back and forth in arguing about the definition of woman in a maternity health bill, but all agreed on the need to raise awareness about human trafficking. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 106, sponsored by Sen. Kyle Gay, D-Elsmere, would replace the words ā€œwomanā€ and ā€œwomenā€ with ā€œpersonā€ and ā€œpeopleā€ in the Delaware code on …

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Marijuana funding approved by finance committee

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

During the mark-up of the stateā€™s operating budget Tuesday, the Joint Finance Committee approved $4.1 million to pay for regulation of a new marijuana industry in Delaware, including 28 new state jobs. Of the $4.1 million allocated, $2.2 million is expected to be ongoing funding and $1.9 million is expected to be for one-time costs, as provided by the bills …

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Republicans point out high costs, chance of fire in EV debate

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Republicans led a charge Thursday to derail a bill that requires new homes and multi-family dwellings to be wired for electric vehicles, a move that Democrats say will help ensure the sale of more cars and help the environment. They failed. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Sen. Sarah McBride, D-Wilmington, would require all new single family …

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Bill on EV chargers in new homes passes Senate committee

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Senate Environment, Energy and Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require new homes to be built with electric vehicle charging stations. Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Sen. Sarah McBride, D-Wilmington, would require new single-family homes with building permits issued after Jan. 1, 2024 and multi-family homes with final site plans issued after Jan. 1, 2025 to …

TSD Review May 11

TownSquareLIVE Weekly Review ā€“ May 11, 2023

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view the PDF This Weekā€™s Top Headlines Include: Community Delaware wedding: Matt Meyer, Lauren Cooksey marry in Rehoboth State letter carriers to collect food at mailboxes Saturday Angelique Kidjo among Clifford Brown Jazz Fest performers Longwood brings back Illuminated Fountain Shows this summer New Castle police: ā€˜Senior assasination gameā€™ alarming Business Jane Brady joins …

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Ā 2023 attempt to alter absentee voting passes SenateĀ 

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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Senate passes ban on restaurant use of plastics

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Senate on Thursday passed the bill banning the use of single-use foam take containers and plastic items in restaurants, but it will allow customers to request a straw.Ā  Senate Bill 51, sponsored by Sen. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, would ban the use of beverage, cocktail picks and sandwich picks made of plastic, but exempts straws attached to an item such …

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Needle giveaway change easily passes Senate

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A bill that passed the Senate Thursday would allow the stateā€™s sterile needle exchange to give away clean needles, without the client trading in a used one. Senate Bill 52, sponsored by Sen. Marie Pinkney, D-Bear, would change the Sterile Needle and Syringe Exchange Program into the Sterile Needle and Syringe Service Program and allow people to receive needles on …