Last-ditch effort to ban assault weapons fails in Delaware Senate

DOVER — A Senate effort to revive a bill to ban the sale of “assault-style” weapons failed Tuesday when a vote to suspend the rules to bring the legislation to the chamber floor received support from only nine senators, two shy of the needed majority. Two Democrats voted against the motion, as did every Republican […]

Delaware Democratic Rep. Keeley not seeking another term

DOVER — Rep. Helene Keeley, a Democrat from the 3rd Representative District, announced Tuesday she will not run for reelection. She is the 11th lawmaker in the 62-person General Assembly who will be retiring this year. First elected in 1996, Rep. Keeley, of south Wilmington, is the longest serving member of the House Democratic caucus. […]

Bill would promote ‘sustainability’ among businesses — but does it mean anything?

DOVER — Home to upward of 1 million business entities, including more than 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies, Delaware is an internationally recognized leader in corporate law and incorporation. Some lawmakers believe the time is ripe for the First State to become a pioneer in “sustainability,” potentially attracting more businesses and even making the […]

Trump-stumping Knight rallies for U.S. Senate candidate Arlett

MILLVILLE — When “The General” speaks, people tend to listen. Iconic college basketball coaching legend Bob Knight says President Trump is one who listens — and so does U.S. Senate candidate Rob Arlett. “Make America great again. We all want that,” said Mr. Knight. “I think in doing that we’re looking at some people like […]

House OKs paid leave for state employees

DOVER — The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would give state employees 12 weeks of paid leave upon the birth of a child. In a 27-13 vote that fell mostly along party lines, the chamber approved what would be the most generous family leave policy in the United States. The bill now goes […]

Rep. Mulrooney, House Labor panel chairman, retiring

DOVER — One of the longest serving members of the House of Representatives is retiring. Rep. Mike Mulrooney, a Wilmington Manor Democrat from the 16th Representative District, announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection. He joins the exodus of 2018: Largely through coincidence, 12 of the General Assembly’s 62 seats will be open this fall. […]

Equal Rights Amendment passes House with ease

DOVER — One day after the Senate passed a modified version of the Equal Rights Amendment, the House did the same. However, it won’t go to the governor: As a constitutional amendment, it must pass two consecutive General Assemblies, meaning lawmakers will have to approve an identical bill in 2019 or 2020 to make it […]

House sends conversion therapy ban bill to governor

  DOVER — The Delaware House passed legislation Thursday that would ban conversion therapy, a practice that seeks to convince gay, bisexual and transgender individuals they are straight. By a 24-14 vote that fell mostly along party lines, the House sent the bill to Gov. John Carney. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to […]

Delaware lawmakers approve school security measures

DOVER — The state Senate has given final approval to a bill aimed at protecting Delaware school students and teachers from shootings. The legislation approved unanimously Thursday requires all new school construction and major renovation projects to include measures to prevent a gunman from wreaking havoc. The standards include a secured vestibule to be used […]

Assault weapon ban fails in Delaware Senate panel

DOVER — Legislation to ban the sale, purchase or transfer of “assault-style” weapons failed to make it out of a Senate committee Wednesday — a victory for the hundred or so Delawareans who showed up to protest the measure and the many more who made their opposition clear on social media or in calls and […]