By the numbers: A review of the 2019 legislative session

DOVER — Rep. Kim Williams, come on down and claim your prize! At least by one metric, the Newport Democrat was the most active legislator of 2019, thanks to the 28 bills and resolutions she filed. During the first leg of the 150th General Assembly, Rep. Williams topped the other 61 members of the General […]

Leo Strine stepping down later this year

DOVER — Chief Justice Leo Strine plans to step down from the bench by the end of October, the state announced Monday. Chief Justice Strine, who has led the judiciary since February 2014, previously spent 16 years on the Court of Chancery, including three years as chancellor. He is the eighth chief justice in the […]

General Assembly departs on time with business complete

DOVER — Gov. John Carney signed the capital bond and grant-in-aid bills Monday around 1:30 a.m., allowing lawmakers and others in Legislative Hall to head home for a well-deserved rest. The Senate unanimously passed the grant-in-aid bill at 1:01 and broke about 10 minutes later, marking the successful completion of the first leg of the […]

Lawmakers meet for final day of 2019 session

DOVER — As of 10:30 p.m., the General Assembly had yet to send the capital bond bill and grant-in-aid measure to Gov. John Carney on the last regularly scheduled day of the legislative session but was on track to do so and leave by 1 a.m. The $863 million bond bill, which provides funding for […]

Largest capital bond bill in state history flies through Senate

DOVER — The Senate approved the largest capital bond bill in state history Thursday, unanimously sending the $863 million spending plan to the House. The measure, which will take effect for the fiscal year starting July 1, totals about $47 million more than the current year’s bond bill and $184 million more than the governor’s […]

Bills would expand medical marijuana, discourage sugary drinks

DOVER — Legislation approved by the Senate Thursday would expand the state’s medical marijuana program and require restaurants to offer healthy drinks in children’s meals. The Delaware Code currently identifies the following as acceptable conditions for which a Delawarean can obtain medical marijuana: cancer, a terminal illness, HIV, AIDS, advanced liver damage, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s […]

Brown voted onto Smyrna council

SMYRNA — Gerald Brown bested four other candidates to win an at-large town council seat during a special election Thursday. Mr. Brown received 95 votes, topping Marie Fontaine St. Pierre (72), Suzanne R. Harris (14), Patrick F. Hartnett (80) and Jason C. Millman (21). The at-large term is through April 2021, and fills the spot […]

Sussex County Council OKs appointments, reappointments

GEORGETOWN — Unanimous Sussex County Council approval on Tuesday filled two seats through appointment to the county’s board of adjustment. And another 5-0 vote by council affirmed the reappointment of board of adjustment member Ellen Magee of Selbyville to another term, effective immediately through June of 2022. Newcomers joining the five-member board of adjustment that […]

House passes $4.45B budget but bond bill remains unfinished

DOVER — The House of Representatives approved the $4.45 billion operating budget Thursday, along with a $62 million supplement. By a 41-0 vote, the chamber sent the measure to the Senate. Senators could consider the bill Tuesday, one of the four regularly scheduled legislative days remaining. The spending plan, Rep. Quinn Johnson told his colleagues […]

State housing program aids recent college graduates

DOVER — Dr. Tony Allen eyed local realtors and said “You see us as the market.” Delaware State University’s provost indirectly included Wesley College and the University of Delaware with his school. A $10 million Delaware State Housing Authority initiative for prospective young home buyers launched during a Thursday morning ceremony and opened for business […]