Delaware legislative union effort sparks anger, confusion

DOVER — On Jan. 14, the first day of session for the General Assembly this year, some legislative staffers dropped a bombshell on the rest of the building: They intended to unionize. Organizers, who did not identify themselves by name in a news release announcing the unionization effort, said they had support from “a majority […]

From the Hall: Gun control-Holocaust comparison riles some

DOVER — One of Delaware’s most outspoken lawmakers is in some hot water after he stated gun control could lead to tyranny and a Holocaust-like event in Delaware. On Tuesday, one day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day, both chambers passed a resolution marking the occasion, which coincides with the liberation of the notorious Auschwitz concentration […]

Carney’s budget plan funds schools, family court construction, state raises

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal includes what would be both the largest operating and capital sums in state history. It contains a 2 percent pay raise for state employees and directs much of the state’s expected excess revenue to one-time projects like construction, building maintenance and water treatment. The governor’s recommended operating budget […]

Pitch for new $50M Wilmington school strikes a nerve in Indian River School District

DAGSBORO — Gov. John Carney’s pitch for $50 million in state funding to build a new public school in Wilmington struck a nerve with Mark Steele. The superintendent of the Indian River District School, which on Feb. 13 will hold a third major capital referendum to address overcrowding from continuous enrollment growth, shared his feelings […]

Legislative notebook: No vote on banning untraceable firearms Thursday

DOVER — Legislation that would ban untraceable homemade firearms known as “ghost guns” did not receive a vote Thursday despite appearing on the House agenda. House Bill 277 would prohibit any gun that has no serial number, is “constructed in a shape or configuration such that it does not resemble a firearm,” is made “entirely […]

Delaware lawmakers eye revisions to medical marijuana rules

DOVER — The sponsor of a bill allowing medical marijuana patients in Delaware to grow their own pot said Wednesday that he was tabling the measure to buy time to gain support for the proposal. The bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Smith allows a patient to have up to six mature plants and six immature […]

Bill to reinstate death penalty announced

DOVER — Lawmakers on Wednesday filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty, which was struck down by the Delaware Supreme Court more than three years ago. The measure would replace a capital punishment proposal that has been stuck in committee since May. The bill, which is expected to be filed over the next six weeks, […]

Lawmakers seek to end session earlier, promote transparency with new plan

DOVER — Are the June 30 marathons finally at an end? Democratic leaders announced last week they are taking steps to finish the legislative session earlier on the final day, imposing a “crossover” deadline and once again exiting at 1 a.m. on July 1 regardless of whether the General Assembly has concluded all its business. […]

Jobs, schools, gun laws: Carney spotlights successes, teases toward future in State of the State address

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s State of the State address Thursday centered on what he sees as his administration’s past successes, highlighting efforts to boost economic development, improve Delaware’s education system and protect the environment, among others. Delivering his fourth formal address to the General Assembly, the governor also urged lawmakers to support several gun […]

Bill banning untraceable guns sent to House floor

DOVER — Nearly 30 members of the public turned out to speak Wednesday for a committee hearing on legislation to outlaw “ghost guns,” homemade firearms considered to be untraceable because they lack key identifying markings. After about 50 minutes of public comments, the House Administration Committee voted 3-2 on party lines to send the measure […]