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Richardson urges Carney to veto marijuana bills

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

Sen. Bryant Richardson has asked Gov. John Carney to veto bills dealing with the legalization of marijuana. “The dangers associated with legalization of recreational marijuana were ignored by those who voted for the bills,” the Laurel lawmaker said in an open letter he released Friday. “But the dangers are real.” House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 would legalize recreational …

Retiree benefits

State benefits committee may extend retiree health plan again

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

A state committee will vote April 24 on whether to once again extend retirees current health insurance for another six months. The State Employee Benefits Committee will vote on a recommendation from its retiree subcommittee about whether to extend the current plan, as it did in October amid an uproar over a planned change. The need for the plan to …

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Bill seeks to ensure recovery houses are state certified

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

  A bill that would allow substance abuse recovery houses the option of being certified by the state drew a unanimous vote in a House committee hearing.  House Bill 114, sponsored by Rep. Kerri Evelyn Harris, D-Dover/Magnolia, also would allow state and local government funds to go only to homes that are certified under the Division of Substance Abuse and …

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Judge refuses to block state’s assault rifle, magazine laws 

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

A Delaware sportsmen’s group says a federal judge’s opinion refusing to OK an injunction to shut down implementation of two new state gun rules contained many incorrect findings and that it will appeal. A post on the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association page also says the group is not surprised a judge appointed by former president Barack Obama would rule in …

Clean needle

Bill will give addicts new needles without turning in old

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

A bill heard Wednesday in the Senate Health & Social Services committee would alter the state’s needle exchange program to allow people to get clean new needles without exchanging them for dirty needles. 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, allowing …

Taxes

Bill to give low-wage workers lower taxes moves on

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

A House finance committee released a bill that ultimately will allow low-wage earners to keep more of their money, a move that will cost the state 10s of millions every year. House Bill 89, sponsored by Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, would do three things: Increase the amount of refunded tax from 4.5% to 7.5% for low-wage earners who meet the …

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Marijuana bills fly through Senate, head to Carney. Again.

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

Bills that would legalize marijuana and set up a state-monitored legal sale industry passed the Delaware Senate and are headed to the governor. Only one Republican voted for House Bill 1, which would legalize marijuana use in Delaware. It passed 16 to 4. Sen. Eric Buckson, R-Dover, partially attributed his vote to his libertarian values of letting his neighbor relax …

Leonard L. Williams Justice Center

Courts to hold first Safe Surrender Day in over a decade

Sam Haut Government, 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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Bill to let lower wage earners keep more $$$ heads to hearing

Sam Haut Government, Headlines

A bill that would allow more lower wage earners to keep more of their pay is set to be heard Tuesday in the House Revenue & Finance committee. House Bill 89, introduced by Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, would increase the amount of refunded tax for those who meet the federal Earned Income Tax Credit from 4.5% to 7.5%. It would …

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Delaware Lottery to allow debit cards, add drawing next year

Sam Haut Headlines, Government

The Delaware Lottery plans to allow patrons of top lottery ticket sellers to use their debit cards to buy tickets over the counter.  The lottery also will add a Sunday drawing to two of its popular draw games. The two moves are expected to help the Lottery add another $2.4 million to the state budget in fiscal year 2024, which …