Carney makes Supreme Court picks

DOVER — Gov. John Carney announced Thursday he plans to nominate Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. to the post of chief justice and Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to fill his seat. The Senate is expected to consider both nominations in a special session Nov. 7. Justice Seitz would be the ninth chief justice since the […]

Proposal would provide free tampons, pads to students

DOVER — Democratic legislators on Thursday announced they plan to file a bill that would require schools to provide free feminine hygiene products to students. The measure would mandate all public schools that serve students in grades six through 12, including charter schools, offer tampons and pads in women’s restrooms at no cost. “Period products […]

New bail reform law puts public safety at risk, GOP legislators say

DOVER — In 2018, lawmakers approved a bill reforming the state’s bail system and reducing the use of cash bail. The measure was part of a multi-pronged approach to what its proponents championed as criminal justice reform, but opponents warned it would lead to greater public safety concerns. Now, more than 10 months after the […]

Proposed bill would allow removal of school board members

DOVER — When a member of the Colonial School District Board of Education was arrested late last month for allegedly sexually abusing several minors, many Delawareans called for him to be removed from the board. The only problem with that? As the school district noted in a release after the arrest, there’s no way to […]

120 county employees in Delaware top $100K in pay

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DOVER — One hundred twenty county employees are set to earn six-figure salaries this year, according to data from the three counties. Unsurprisingly, most of those individuals work in New Castle County, although just how lopsided the ratio is may raise some eyebrows. For the current fiscal year, which started July 1, six of Kent […]

Who lobbied most in 2019?

DOVER — Turns out health care is a big industry in Delaware. Who knew? The four entities that lobbied the General Assembly and state agencies the most in 2019 are all health-related, with the Delaware Healthcare Association easily surpassing the others to claim the title of most active lobbying organization. Of course, there is no […]

Obstacles remain in preventing “double-dipping” by lawmakers

DOVER — Unlike some states, Delaware’s legislature is not full-time. That means most of the state’s 62 lawmakers have other jobs — jobs that can potentially pose conflicts of interest or lead to questions about “double-dipping.” Many legislators work in the private sector, either for another company or for a business they own, or are […]

By the numbers: A review of the 2019 legislative session

DOVER — Rep. Kim Williams, come on down and claim your prize! At least by one metric, the Newport Democrat was the most active legislator of 2019, thanks to the 28 bills and resolutions she filed. During the first leg of the 150th General Assembly, Rep. Williams topped the other 61 members of the General […]

Leo Strine stepping down later this year

DOVER — Chief Justice Leo Strine plans to step down from the bench by the end of October, the state announced Monday. Chief Justice Strine, who has led the judiciary since February 2014, previously spent 16 years on the Court of Chancery, including three years as chancellor. He is the eighth chief justice in the […]

General Assembly departs on time with business complete

DOVER — Gov. John Carney signed the capital bond and grant-in-aid bills Monday around 1:30 a.m., allowing lawmakers and others in Legislative Hall to head home for a well-deserved rest. The Senate unanimously passed the grant-in-aid bill at 1:01 and broke about 10 minutes later, marking the successful completion of the first leg of the […]