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 …

climate bills

4 climate bills draw support, criticism ahead of hearings

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Three House bills and one Senate bill are set to be heard Wednesday by the House Natural Resources and Energy committee and the Senate Environment Energy & Transportation committee.  All of them are part of an initiative by Gov. John Carney and Democratic legislators to lower harmful emissions in Delaware to improve air quality. The package includes eight bills, seven …

Delaware early voting and primary

Voters talk early or mail-in voting vs. in-person

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Election officials had said that they didn’t know how early voting and mail-in voting might affect the polls Tuesday during Delaware’s primary election. This is the first year that Delaware has allowed early voting. Mail-in voting was allowed in the 2022 elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers at several polling places reported that voter turnout was lighter than usual, …

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Paid family and medical leave ‘the law of the land’ in Delaware

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Delaware has become the 11th state to offer a paid family and medical leave program to new parents, caregivers, and those with serious illnesses. Flanked by lawmakers and activists, Gov. John Carney on Tuesday signed Senate Substitute for Senate Bill 1 into law after a year-plus long campaign to gather support from stakeholders in government, labor and business. Employer and …

House OKs bill allowing PAs to prescribe abortion medication

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

    The Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to allow physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to prescribe abortion medications in Delaware. House Bill 320 passed along party lines.  Under federal regulations, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses are authorized to prescribe Mifepristone, Misoprostol, or Mifeprex for use within ten weeks of pregnancy.  Health …

State to change way nonprofits seek community redevelopment cash

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Among those receiving money from the state’s Community Redevelopment Fund this year are the Delaware Agricultural Museum, Brandywine Valley SPCA, Nanticoke Indian Museum and FAME Inc.’s STEM training lab. The Delaware Office of the Controller General is developing a standardized application for non-profits to request state grants from the 2023 Bond Bill’s Community Redevelopment Fund. It will change the customary …