Carney outlines plan in State of the State

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s 2019 State of the State both highlighted what the state’s chief executive sees as his administration’s main accomplishments over the previous two years and offered a look at his legislative priorities over the next five-plus months, touching on both divisive and noncontroversial issues. The State of the State typically serves […]

Equal Rights Amendment approved

DOVER — The Delaware Senate approved the Equal Rights Amendment Wednesday, enshrining it in the state constitution. By a 16-5 vote, senators passed the bill, adding to the constitution a short section stating, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.” The House passed the measure 35-6 […]

Democrats push bills to expand Delaware voting rights

DOVER — Democrats on Wednesday filed three bills that would establish early voting and same-day voter registration and move the primary election from September to April. But, Republican opponents argue the changes could lead to a potential for voter fraud. While similar versions of the measures passed the House in the prior General Assembly but […]

Delaware’s first congresswomen honored for ERA fight

DOVER — In the early 1970s, six female trailblazers from the 126th Delaware General Assembly set out to make a bold change for women as they worked to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The legislative action the six women championed was approved by the U.S. Congress March 22, 1972, seeking equal […]

Fresh faces and familiar issues: 150th General Assembly opens this week

DOVER — When legislators gather Tuesday at the state capitol for the opening of the 150th General Assembly, there will be a lot of fresh faces. In fact, nearly a quarter of the General Assembly’s 62 members — three senators and 12 representatives — are completely new to the body and that doesn’t count two […]

State House committee assignments are posted

DOVER — Rep. Quinn Johnson, a Middletown Democrat who served as one of the two co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement for the past six years, has been named co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee. Rep. Debra Heffernan, a Bellefonte Democrat, will replace him as co-chair of what is commonly known as […]

Pew analysis commends governor’s fiscal efforts

DOVER — In its year-end analysis of states who strengthened their fiscal policies, The Pew Charitable Trusts — a public policy think tank — noted Gov. John Carney’s executive order 21 among the positive developments in 2018. Gov. Carney signed the order in late June that focused on limiting budget growth. Based off recommendations issued […]

New laws include higher minimum wage for Delaware workers

DOVER, Del. — Delaware officials are gearing up for a new legislative session that begins Jan. 8, with a host of new lawmakers who were elected in November. Meanwhile, some of the bills passed by their predecessors are about to become law. Here’s a look at some of the new laws that were enacted in […]

Kent County commissioners, row officers sworn in

DOVER — Kent County Levy Court held its swearing-in ceremony on Thursday for county commissioners and row officers who won seats in the November elections — a ceremony nearly three centuries old here. Nine oaths were sworn by incumbents reassuming their positions and newcomers assuming theirs, along with selected deputies. The ceremony bookmarked two of […]

Kent County Levy Court bids Commissioner Hosfelt farewell

DOVER — Kent County Levy Court presented a tribute to second district commissioner James Hosfelt last Tuesday night to formally recognize his term of service. Commissioner Hosfelt, a Republican, was defeated by Democrat challenger Jeffery Hall for the second district seat in November. In a tight race, Mr. Hosfelt took 4,391 votes to Mr. Hall’s […]