Schwartzkopf and Longhurst

Worst kept secret: Longhurst is new House Speaker

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

On Friday, speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, choked up several times as he announced that he would be stepping down and that Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, will succeed him as the new speaker. It will be the first time a woman has been elected the speaker of the House in Delaware. With Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long presiding …

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Seaford, EV bills pass House, so GOP votes to OK bond bill

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Republicans returned to the House Friday to vote in favor of the bond bill after the House passed the change to Seafordā€™s charter and another bill on electric vehicles. House Substitute 1 for House Bill 121, sponsored by Rep. Daniel Short, R-Seaford, will approve a charter change for the town of Seaford allowing an LLC that owns a business in …

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HouseĀ  passes updated police bill of rights by large margin

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Delaware House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a bill that would establish new standards for reporting police misconduct allegations, hailed by sponsors as a giant leap toward transparency. After the bill passed, the Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, thanked the people who helped get the bill passed. ā€œI also want to thank the police …

House sends 5-year property reassessment bill to Senate

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Property value must be reassessed every five years, according to a bill passed by the Delaware House Thursday and sent along to the Senate. House Bill 62, sponsored by Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton, D-Newark, would require counties to reassess real property values at least once every five years, starting with the next reassessment. That hasnā€™t been done in New Castle County …

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To-go alcohol, outdoor dining bill sails through House committee

Charles MegginsonBusiness, Government, Headlines

At least 20 other states will allow the continued sale of to-go alcoholic beverages. A bill to permanently allow restaurants to sell to-go alcoholic beverages was unanimously voted out of the House Administration Committee Tuesday.Ā  House Bill 290, sponsored by Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, would allow any restaurant, brewpub, tavern or taproom with a valid on-premise liquor license to sell …

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

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

The Delaware Senate says the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of Tuesdayā€™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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Absentee ballot bill saved so it can be voted on again in 2022

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would take absentee ballots out of the Delaware Constitution and allow people to use them without specifying a reason stays alive until next year.   It’s alive! It’s alive! The bill that would allow absentee ballots to be used for any reason will not die, but will be able to come back before the Delaware House of …

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General Assembly eases restrictions, allowing 25 people in gallery for sessions

Betsy PriceGovernment & Politics, Headlines, Health

A few members of the public will be allowed to sit in the gallery during General Assembly Sessions.   With the Delaware General Assembly in the last month of its regular session, rules have been changed to open Legislature Hall in Dover to the public in a limited way. The statehouse will require the public to sign up to reserve …