Commentary: Putting special interest over Delaware families

The American Chemistry Council is the well-funded and highly influential (with members of both parties in Delaware) special interest that has flown in professionals (hacks) from as far away as California to keep my bills banning flame retardants from mattresses and children’s products bottled up in committee twice in the last few years. Joined by […]

Speak Out: McBride announces candidacy

Sarah McBride, an openly transgender woman and prominent LGBT activist, is running for the state Senate. “At the end of the day I’m not running to be a transgender state senator, I’m running to be a senator who serves her community,” she said Monday evening. She identified health care as one of her core issues, […]

Letter to the Editor: Ups and downs of the Delaware legislative session

The 2019 Delaware legislative session has ended with some encouraging progress, some unfortunate disappointments, and some Republican grandstanding. We made notable headway on criminal justice reform. In mid-March, Delaware Democratic elected officials announced a strong criminal justice reform package. Eleven of the 19 bills passed during this session, including: sentencing reform, reduced penalties for non-violent […]

Commentary: Delaware legislators a reflection of constituency

I had been to The Green in Dover many times, but I had never been inside of Legislative Hall. That changed in January when our bishop appointed me as our synod’s public policy officer for Delaware. I spent two or three days there almost every week over the last six months when the legislature was […]

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 […]

Commentary: Plastics bill would cause undue harm in Delaware

Probably no member of the Delaware legislature is a more dedicated stooge of industrial polluters than Rep. Debra Heffernan. So, by the perverse logic of the General Assembly, it makes sense that House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf would have made her chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Committee, the better to attack natural resources from the […]

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 […]

Speak Out: Beverage bill

Readers reacted to a recent Commentary regarding House Bill 79, which would make the default beverage in bundled children’s meals water, sparkling water, flavored water with no added sugar, flavored or unflavored milk, or 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice. If parents or guardians choose, they can opt for an alternative beverage instead. • Yeah […]