Battle brewing: Democrats seek repeal of youth and training wages

DOVER — Seven months after a fight over the minimum wage almost completely derailed the final day of the 149th General Assembly, Democrats are attempting to undo a key part of the compromise. Legislation filed Thursday would eliminate the training and youth wages, which were created July 1 after Democrats and Republicans spent several hours […]

Carney’s budget proposal includes pay raise for state workers

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s proposed operating budget marks a 3.8 percent increase over the current fiscal year and includes another pay raise for state employees. The general spending plan totals $4.43 billion, although the governor’s recommendations also include $679 million for capital projects, $48 million for nonprofits and $39 million in one-time money, most […]

Bill to help furloughed feds fails as tensions rise

DOVER — Gov. John Carney hoped to have on his desk by 6 p.m. Wednesday two bills that would aid federal employees financially impacted by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. He only got one of them. Senate Republicans voted down a bill that would have offered loans guaranteed by the state of one […]

Bill proposes more state employees be covered by collective bargaining on pay

DOVER — Legislation approved by a Democratic-controlled Senate committee on Wednesday would give more state government employees the ability to negotiate wages. Currently, only employees in certain professions can bargain with state government for higher salaries, the result of a 2007 measure. That bill grouped workers into 12 different “units,” with each unit encompassing a […]

Delaware legislators go to aid of federal employees caught in shutdown crunch

DOVER — Legislation introduced and passed by the House of Representatives Tuesday would help federal employees feeling a financial crunch from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The bills are expected to be passed by the Senate today and could be signed immediately afterward. One measure, House Bill 3, was approved unanimously by the […]

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 […]