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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. …

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Offshore wind bill sent to Senate; will it hike power bills?

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A bill that requires DNREC to investigate offshore wind as a power source and work with electric companies to analyze its impact will head to the full Senate. Senate Bill 170, sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, passed the Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee meeting Wednesday. SB 17 0 would require the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control …

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Changing ‘woman’ to ‘person’ doesn’t stop maternity bill

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Republicans and Democrats went back and forth in arguing about the definition of woman in a maternity health bill, but all agreed on the need to raise awareness about human trafficking. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 106, sponsored by Sen. Kyle Gay, D-Elsmere, would replace the words ‚Äúwoman‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúwomen‚ÄĚ with ‚Äúperson‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúpeople‚ÄĚ in the Delaware code on …

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Bill on EV chargers in new homes passes Senate committee

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Senate Environment, Energy and Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require new homes to be built with electric vehicle charging stations. Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Sen. Sarah McBride, D-Wilmington, would require new single-family homes with building permits issued after Jan. 1, 2024 and multi-family homes with final site plans issued after Jan. 1, 2025 to …

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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 …

Senate bills and votes

Senate sends gun, abortion bills to Carney

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

Delaware‚Äôs Democrat-majority Senate on Tuesday sent several controversial bills to Gov. John Carney for his signature. Most of the topics seemed ripped from headlines. The gun bill would bar anyone under 21 from buying or owning a gun, as well as controlling a firearm or ammunition. The abortion bill will increase the number of health professionals who can perform an …

Democrats and Republicans plan to attack voting changes differently

Same-day voter registration bill heads to Carney

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The Delaware Senate on Wednesday voted along party lines for a same-day voter registration bill. House Substitute 1 for House Bill 25, sponsored by Rep. Sherry Dorsey-Walker, D-Wilmington, will allow residents to register at the polls on election day and immediately vote. The bill already passed the House and now goes to Gov. John Carney for his signature. When he …

Senate budget bills

Senate passes budget bills topping $5 billion

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The Delaware Senate on Tuesday passed 2023 budget bills including the largest state operating budget in Delaware’s history at $5.1 billion, reflecting a rise in spending of 6.9% in spending over the previous year. It also will increase Delaware’s Rainy Day Fund from $280 million to $316 million and the Budget Stabilization Fund from $287 million to $402 million. Both …

Legislators pass college livestream, school fingerprinting bills

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

A bill headed to the House after passing in the Senate would require state colleges to livestream trustee meetings and make that an an archive of them available to the public. Photo by Unsplash.   Two education bills sailed unanimously through the General Assembly Tuesday. The Senate unanimously passed a bill requiring Delaware colleges to livestream meetings and maintain an …