Panel boosts official Delaware revenue estimates

NEW CASTLE — A state panel has boosted Delaware’s official government revenue estimates yet again as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased its revenue estimate for this year by $40.7 million compared to last month’s forecast. Virtually all of […]

Marijuana legalization bill announced

DOVER — Puff, puff… pass? Legislation introduced Thursday would make Delaware the 11th state with recreational marijuana, enabling individuals 21 and older to legally get high by smoking or otherwise consuming the drug. Lawmakers unsuccessfully attempted to legalize pot last General Assembly, but a vote in the House fell short in June. This measure shares […]

House committee OKs bill to expand judicial discretion in sentencing

DOVER — A House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would give judges greater discretion by allowing them to impose concurrent sentences in more cases. The bill, which the House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly agreed to release to the full chamber, is part of a package of more than a dozen criminal justice bills announced in […]

New legislation proposes to revive death penalty in Delaware

DOVER — Lawmakers on Tuesday announced legislation to put capital punishment back in place nearly three years after the state’s top court struck down the death penalty law. The bill is expected to be filed in the coming days. “I am familiar with multiple instances where criminals confessed to investigators that the possibility of the death […]

Delaware House approves ban on plastic bags

DOVER — The House passed legislation Tuesday that would bar certain stores from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. By a 33-7 vote, with one member absent, the chamber approved the legislation, which is supported by Gov. John Carney. It now goes to the Senate. House Bill 130 would restrict establishments from giving consumers bags […]

State invests $3.2M to help revitalize neighborhoods

DOVER — A trio of projects in Dover, Milford and Georgetown were among seven statewide that received a combined $3.2 million from the Delaware State Housing Authority’s Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund on Monday. The money will support community development, address crime and transform neighborhoods that are experiencing blight or other forms of stress, officials said. […]

Delaware gun bills stall in committee

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DOVER — Three controversial gun bills will not be released from committee, meaning they are essentially dead. The measures, which were discussed before a packed house in the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday, would have prohibited a variety of semi-automatic firearms classified as “assault weapons,” criminalized magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds and established […]

Bill would create legal fund for manufactured housing

DOVER — To the delight of the handful of advocates watching, the Senate approved legislation Thursday that would create a shared legal fund for residents of manufactured housing communities. The measure, which passed the House in March, now goes back to the other chamber because senators attached an amendment. While the House vote was close, […]

Heated Hearing: Senate panel begins work on gun bills

DOVER — A Senate committee on Wednesday heard three bills that would ban “assault weapons,” criminalize magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds and create a permitting process to buy a firearm. While the proposals were not released from the Senate Executive Committee, such an outcome is exceedingly likely — the only reason the […]

Workshop sets Sussex County budget process in motion

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County Council Tuesday got its first collective glimpse of the county’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget — a balanced ledger that if adopted as drafted will total approximately $186 million. “I’ll save you the suspense and let you know ahead of time; there is no recommendation for a tax increase. So, our […]