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Committee OKs bill to increase fines for handicapped parking

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would increase the number of handicapped parking spaces, update guidelines for them and increase fines for illegally parking in them is headed to the House floor. The House Health & Human Development on Wednesday OK’d House Bill 175, sponsored by Rep. Deshanna Neal, D-Elsmere, is designed to force sites to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. …

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Animal Welfare may get doggie bag of new duties from GA

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The 10-year-old state Office of Animal Welfare could walk away from this year’s General Assembly with added duties and new money to hire more officers. Two bills recently passed through the House Health & Human Development committee that would impact the office. Senate Bill 71, sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, would require law-enforcement agencies, the Department of Services for …

Bentz reverses course: Pot bill to get full public hearing

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Rep. David Bentz, D-Christiana Concerned citizens will have a chance to offer public comment on a marijuana legalization bill after all.  Multiple lawmakers walked out of the House Health and Human Development Committee Wednesday after the majority of the committee’s members voted to release the bill without first hearing public comments.  During the meeting, a House attorney said rules do …