General Assembly wraps up

DOVER — Lawmakers concluded the final regularly scheduled day of the 150th General Assembly Tuesday. As is typical, the chambers gaveled in and stayed past midnight for procedural reasons. Unlike normal, however, lawmakers conducted no business other than ceremonial tributes. The Senate went in at 10:30 to honor several retiring members and staff, while the […]

Delaware lawmakers did less business than usual this year

DOVER — In 2017, after failing to pass a budget before the start of a new fiscal year, the Delaware General Assembly entered into a brief “extraordinary” session. If that was extraordinary, what will they call 2020? This year’s legislative session was derailed in March by\ COVID-19, a once-in-a-lifetime happenin,g that quickly pushed aside thoughts […]

Delaware officials to study racial diversity in state contracts

DOVER — Some officials believe minority-owned companies are not receiving their fair share of business from the state. That’s why this year’s capital bond bill contains half a million dollars to study racial inequities in the state’s procurement process. “To build a level playing field, you have to dig deep,” Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, said. […]

Delaware House passes remaining budget bills

DOVER — The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the capital bond bill and a nonprofit funding measure Monday, setting the General Assembly up for what will hopefully be a quick and easy conclusion to its session today. The chamber passed the grant-in-aid measure 41-0 and the bond bill 40-1, with Rep. John Kowalko, a […]

Rep. Quinn Johnson retiring

DOVER — Rep. Quinn Johnson, a Middletown Democrat who co-chairs the influential budget-writing panel, announced Monday he will not seek another term in the legislature. Expressing a desire to spend more time with family, Rep. Johnson told colleagues his seat will be open this fall. “It’s time for me to say thank you. I will […]

Unusual June 30 will cap off memorable legislative session

DOVER — The Delaware General Assembly will conclude its business for the year this week, wrapping up a truly unique and unforgettable legislative session. The House of Representatives will meet Monday to pass the capital bond and grant-in-aid bills, followed by the two chambers convening the next day to finish the 2020 session. The House […]

State Sen. Bonini running for governor again

DOVER — Backed by “significant financial support,” state Sen. Colin Bonini is running for governor. Sen. Bonini, a Dover Republican who lost to Democratic Gov. John Carney in 2016, announced Friday he plans to seek the governor’s office again. Echoing many of the same themes from 2016, he said the state has been going nowhere […]

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 […]

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 […]