Senate approves bill allowing voting by mail this year

DOVER — The Senate passed legislation codifying voting by mail for the rest of the year due to COVID on Thursday. The measure now goes to Gov. John Carney, who will sign it. The bill seeks to ensure protections established by the governor through the state of emergency will exist not just for the presidential […]

General Assembly passes police chokehold ban

DOVER — The Senate approved a bill prohibiting police officers from performing chokeholds and similar techniques Thursday, a few hours after the House of Representatives did so. The measure now goes to Gov. John Carney, who will sign it. The legislation outlaws “any technique intended to “restrict another person’s airway, or prevent or restrict the […]

Dover advisory committee meeting set virtually

DOVER – The city of Dover’s Staff Development Advisory Committee Meeting set for 9 a.m. on July 1 will be held as a virtual meeting only using WebEx.Members of the public can participate by calling 1-408-418-9388, The event number/access code is 129 392 5779. The event password is DoverStaffDAC.Also, the Applicant Development Advisory Committee will […]

Sussex County’s FY2021 budget reflects the world of uncertainly

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County government officials say they have in place a budget for Fiscal Year 2021 — an ultra-conservative spending plan that reflects the economic uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis but still keeps all core services intact. Following a June 23 public hearing that drew one speaker via teleconference, county council gave its unanimous […]

House sends $4.52 billion budget to governor but two spending bills remain

DOVER — The House of Representatives approved a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 on Wednesday, sending the budget bill to the governor. By a 40-1 vote, the chamber solidified the $4.52 billion general operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. While the budget is now complete with about a week to […]

Capital bond and grant-in-aid bills fail in Senate after GOP abstention

DOVER — The Senate defeated the capital bond and grant-in-aid funding measures Tuesday, with Republicans abstaining to protest what they described as a lack of transparency. While emphasizing they support the funding in the bills, several GOP senators said they had not been able to review the bills and want to hear feedback from constituents […]

Delaware Senate to vote on budget this afternoon

Watch the Delaware Senate Watch the Delaware House of Representatives DOVER — The Senate is set to vote on the budget bills today. The chamber will convene virtually at 3:30 to cast votes on the operating budget, capital budget and nonprofit grant-in-aid bills. From there, the measures will go the House, which figures to vote […]

Delaware House committee releases legislation to address racial inequality in special hearing

DOVER — After hearing public comment, the state House Administration Committee voted unanimously Monday to release Senate Bill 191 and House Bill 350 from committee, moving two bills designed to address racial inequality closer to passage. Those bills, two of the five on the agenda, are part of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus’s Justice For […]

Delaware declines group’s donation of 4,600 masks, latest step in bizarre feud

DOVER — Delaware turned down an offer of several thousand masks from a private organization earlier this spring, believing the offer was not made in “good faith,” according to Gov. John Carney. Asked during a news conference Tuesday about an attempted donation of 4,600 protective masks from Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, the governor acknowledged […]

House votes to temporarily expand voting by mail

DOVER — Meeting virtually for the third time in its august history, the Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation expanding voting by mail for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID. By a 25-13 tally, with two not voting and one absent, lawmakers opted to codify and grow vote-by-mail provisions put in place […]

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