Valerie Jones Giltner GOP candidate District 37

Retired nurse Valerie Jones Giltner to run in House District 37

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A Sussex County retired nurse will run for the Delaware House of Representatives District 37 seat vacated last week by the General Assembly’s only Republican woman. Valerie Jones Giltner, who will run as a Republican, said she plans to continue the work of former Rep. Ruth Briggs King, who resigned because she was moving into a new house that was …

Special election District 37

Special election to replace Ruth Briggs King will be Dec. 21

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A special election to fill the now-vacant 37th Delaware House of Republicans seat in will take place Dec. 21. The seat represents Georgetown and Millsboro in Sussex County. The former occupant of that seat, former Rep. Ruth Briggs King, resigned last week after receiving a certificate of occupancy for a house she was building just over the district line. Briggs …

Ruth Briggs King

Ruth Briggs King, only Republican woman in General Assembly, resigns

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The only Republican woman in Delaware’s General Assembly announced her resignation Wednesday morning. Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown/Millsboro, said she was moving out of her district just over the line into another one, after serving for 14 years. “To many, this is no surprise since I have been candid and open about the impending changes,” she said in a statement. …

police dog K-9

Police dogs to receive more state benefits when working, retired

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

  Working and retired police dogs will have extra care and services paid for by the state now that two Republican bills have been signed into law. Both received wide bipartisan support, passing the General Assembly unanimously. One bill signed Thursday by Gov. John Carney allows working police dogs to be transported by paramedics and other emergency medical service providers. …

marijuana

Will Carney let marijuana bills become law without signing?

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The state representative who has been pushing the legalization of marijuana for years sent out a press release Friday that broadly hints Gov. John Carney will allow that to happen without signing two bills that hit his desk this week. Both House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 passed the General Assembly in March. HB 1 would legalize the possession …

rescue dog

Rescue dog on its way to be named official state animal

Betsy PriceGovernment & Politics, Headlines

The Delaware General Assembly did not go to the dogs Wednesday. The dogs came to them. Four lucky pooches who were up for adoption or had been adopted from shelters sat through part of a Senate hearing and then part of a Senate Session as Senate Bill 37, which would make the rescue dog the official state animal, passed in …

Auto-injectors like the EpiPen

Delaware House passes bill to make EpiPens more affordable

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Delaware House unanimously passed a bill on Tuesday that would require Delaware insurance plans to cover epinephrine auto-injectors for everyone. Today in Delaware, epinephrine is only guaranteed to people 18 years or younger. If House Bill 54 passes the Senate, all Delawareans would be guaranteed at least one injector in the lowest tier of their insurance. The bill would …

Gunz

Resolution declares gun violence a public health emergency 

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A joint resolution to declare gun violence a public health emergency passed along party lines in the Delaware House and Senate Tuesday. In a House voice vote for Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, there was an audible opposition from the Republican side of the aisle. In the Senate it passed 14 to six,.. Introduced by Sen. Marie Pinkney, D-Bear, today, March …

Legislature may declare National Atheist Day

House resolution would declare Atheist Day in Delaware

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

  A recently circulated General Assembly resolution would designate March 23 as National Atheist Day in Delaware. Sponsored by Rep. Eric Morrison, D-Glasgow and Sen. Laura Sturgeon, D-Hockessin, the resolution doesnÔÇÖt yet have a bill number. Efforts were not successful to reach Morrison for comment. Sturgeon said she grew up and remains Catholic, but believes in philosopher S├Şren KierkegaardÔÇÖs leap …

Catalytic converter theft

Catalytic converter theft focus of newly filed bill 

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A new bill filed in the General Assembly aims to put a dent in the sale of stolen catalytic converters by changing rules and increasing the penalty for stealing them. House Bill 78, sponsored by Rep. Eric Morrison, D-Glasgow, would update the definition of catalytic converters, limit who is able to buy and sell them, increase the penalties for taking …