Rep. Mulrooney, House Labor panel chairman, retiring

DOVER — One of the longest serving members of the House of Representatives is retiring. Rep. Mike Mulrooney, a Wilmington Manor Democrat from the 16th Representative District, announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection. He joins the exodus of 2018: Largely through coincidence, 12 of the General Assembly’s 62 seats will be open this fall. […]

Equal Rights Amendment passes House with ease

DOVER — One day after the Senate passed a modified version of the Equal Rights Amendment, the House did the same. However, it won’t go to the governor: As a constitutional amendment, it must pass two consecutive General Assemblies, meaning lawmakers will have to approve an identical bill in 2019 or 2020 to make it […]

House sends conversion therapy ban bill to governor

  DOVER — The Delaware House passed legislation Thursday that would ban conversion therapy, a practice that seeks to convince gay, bisexual and transgender individuals they are straight. By a 24-14 vote that fell mostly along party lines, the House sent the bill to Gov. John Carney. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to […]

Delaware lawmakers approve school security measures

DOVER — The state Senate has given final approval to a bill aimed at protecting Delaware school students and teachers from shootings. The legislation approved unanimously Thursday requires all new school construction and major renovation projects to include measures to prevent a gunman from wreaking havoc. The standards include a secured vestibule to be used […]

Assault weapon ban fails in Delaware Senate panel

DOVER — Legislation to ban the sale, purchase or transfer of “assault-style” weapons failed to make it out of a Senate committee Wednesday — a victory for the hundred or so Delawareans who showed up to protest the measure and the many more who made their opposition clear on social media or in calls and […]

Delaware Equal Rights Amendment OK’d by Senate in 17-4 vote

DOVER — One month after voting it down, the Delaware Senate passed legislation that seeks to prevent discrimination based on sex. After unanimously agreeing to amend the bill to make clear the limited intent, senators voted 17-4 to send it on to the House, which is expected to discuss it today. House Bill 399 would […]

Amended bump stock bill passes Senate, but may see more changes

DOVER — For the third time in as many months, the General Assembly amended legislation that would ban bump stocks, continuing a long-running saga. At a minimum, the bill will end up having been approved by the Senate twice and House thrice, and the game of legislative ping-pong may not be over: The bill’s main […]

Busy final month for lawmakers

DOVER — For the Delaware General Assembly, June is crunch time, especially in even-numbered years. Lawmakers reconvene today with 13 regularly scheduled days left and a host of issues on their plates. From guns to marijuana to casinos to minimum wage, legislators have plenty of hot topics to deal with over the course of the […]

Changes are coming to the Joint Finance Committee

DOVER — The Joint Finance Committee is going to look very different next year. Four of the committee’s 12 members are not seeking reelection, meaning JFC is guaranteed to have its most turnover in six years. With four other members up for reelection later this year, there’s a chance 2019 might even exceed 2013’s total […]

State’s spending plan receives mixed reactions

  DOVER — The spending plan approved by the Joint Finance Committee Wednesday left Todd Mumford stunned. The budget, which totals $4.32 billion between the annual spending measure and a separate list of one-time items, drew a range of reaction after legislators finished markup. Mr. Mumford, the president of Delaware Fraternal Order of Police Lodge […]