House session

Climate bill passes House after vote on two amendments

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Rep. Rich Collins on Tuesday begged House Democrats to join him in opposing a bill that set greenhouse gas emission limits in Delaware. “I have begged you to stand up one time and not just take this direction that apparently is so overwhelmingly powerful in this chamber,” the Millsboro Republican said. “And I know I’ve lost. I tell you it’s …

trail camera deer picture, Radovan Zierik

DNREC, Ag Dept. ban use of trail cameras at state parks

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Trail cameras for recreational use are no longer allowed in state wildlife areas, state parks or state forests, largely because of their proliferation. The new rule was announced Thursday by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Delaware Department of Agriculture. The ban is effective immediately and doesn’t apply to private property. Prime Hook and Bombay …

Esmihel Muhammad, Jeep Rubicon

Jeep to stop sending gas-powered Wranglers to DE dealers

Sam HautGovernment, Business, Headlines

As DNREC mulls proposed electric vehicle regulations, Jeep dealers in Delaware may see the flow of new cars altered immediately. Santosh Viswanathan, CEO of Lakeshore Motor Co. in Seaford, said dealers were told by Jeep about two weeks ago that soon they will no longer get regular orders of gas-powered Jeep Wranglers. Instead, dealers will be sent Jeep Wranglers 4xe, …

structural damage Port Penn Interpretive Center

Port Penn Center closed after structural damage discovered

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Port Penn Interpretive Center will not open this summer because of safety concerns after structural damage was discovered. DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation said the damage was discovered as the center was being readied for summer. The center is typically open on weekends and holidays during the summer.  Even though the site is closed, according to the center’s …

fishing record tautag

New York man sets new Delaware fishing record

Jake ElmerCulture, Headlines

For the second year in a row, a Delaware record has been broken for the same kind of fish. James Milano of North Babylon, New York, caught a record-breaking tautog measuring 34 inches and weighing in at 22 pounds, 14.4 ounces while fishing over a wreck in the Atlantic Ocean east of Indian River Inlet. It was 1 pound, 6.7 ounces …

Nicholas Doherty, energy office

Senate committee moves along energy office bill

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A Senate committee has pushed along a bill that would expand the powers of the State Energy Office, but delayed hearing a bill that would restrict DNREC’s powers over electric vehicles. The Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee voted Tuesday to send Senate Bill 7 to the Senate Finance Committee for further vetting. While Senate committees do not take votes …

climate bills, DNREC Facebook

New climate bill would increase scope of energy agency

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

With several climate bills moving through the Delaware General Assembly, a new bill proposes to increase the scope and power of a DNREC energy agency, sort of a state government version of Toklien’s “one ring to rule them all.” Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, would empower the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy to help oversee …

surf fishing

State’s pilot surf fishing reservation system starts May 16

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

A new surf fishing reservation system for Delaware’s drive-on, multi use beaches is set to launch next week. The system will be required for fishing from the beach during summer weekends and holidays, which are the peak times. It’s necessary because after years of complaints about the limited number of tags as well as charges that out-of-state residents were taking …

Newark has used an Energize Delaware grant to buy two e-mowers. (Newark photo)

Newark buys 4 EVs, 2 e-mowers and to add 6 charging stations

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Newark has received $490,000 from Energize Delaware and $42,000 from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebates Program, which supports the Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. “Newark is proud to be a sustainability leader in Delaware,” said Jeff Martindale, the city’s chief procurement and projects officer. “The grant funding will allow us to …

Ella Ivanescu, climate change

First of 7 climate change bills moves to House floor

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

As part of a suite of other climate bills, the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee approved a bill that would require Delaware to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and 2050. House Bill 99, which is sponsored by Rep. Deb Heffernan, D-Bellefonte, says net state greenhouse gas emissions must be 50% of the 2005 levels by 2030 and …