Commentary: Should Delaware legislators be working remotely?

Commentary

By Bill Bowden Are we missing a significant opportunity for improvement by having Delaware’s legislature to continue to sit on the sidelines for the weeks ahead?  During this crisis, millions upon millions of people across America are working from home using technology to help keep their businesses alive and America moving forward. Millions of college […]

Former state Rep. Outten dies, unrelated to coronavirus

DOVER — Former state Rep. William “Bobby” Outten died Tuesday night. The House Republican caucus said he had been hospitalized for more than a week for an issue unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Outten, who was 71, held the 30th Representative District seat from 2004 to 2018, when he opted not to seek another […]

Lawmakers want to require stores to take cash

DOVER — Lawmakers may not be returning Tuesday as scheduled, but this past week still saw plenty of impactful proposals filed. Due to the coronavirus, the General Assembly has canceled sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. More days could still be called off as well, although no decisions beyond this week have been made yet. Among […]

Delaware lawmakers want to require stores to take cash

DOVER — Lawmakers may not be returning Tuesday as scheduled, but this past week still saw plenty of impactful proposals filed. Due to the coronavirus, the General Assembly has canceled session Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. More days could still be called off as well, although no decisions beyond this week have been made yet. Among […]

General Assembly won’t meet next week because of coronavirus

DOVER — The General Assembly will not meet next week. Lawmakers announced today the legislature is postponing the end of its break by at least a week due to the coronavirus, which had its first positive test in Delaware this week. “After careful consideration and consultation with various state agencies, we believe delaying our return […]

Backers tout strong Delaware support for assisted suicide

DOVER — Judy Govatos wants to end her life on her terms. The Wilmington resident is suffering from stage four cancer, and though it is currently in remission, she fully expects the disease to return. When it does, she wants to go peacefully at a time of her choosing. “I can deal with death,” she […]

From the Hall: State’s annual budget hearings wrap up, for now

DOVER — The first round of budget hearings for the fiscal year starting July 1 is in the books. The annual February hearings wrapped up Thursday, meaning the initial six-week break in the legislative calendar is nearly finished. Lawmakers will return March 17 and meet for a month before another break, although this one will […]

Commentary: Bipartisan effort aims to improve primary care access

Commentary

By Rep. David Bentz and Rep. Bryan Shupe Delaware is rapidly losing primary care doctors and approaching a crisis in access to care, which requires immediate attention from all health policy stakeholders. Delaware, already ranked in the bottom half of the country in many public health statistics, has seen a significant reduction in the supply […]

UD officials face questions on school’s public-private status

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DOVER — The debate over whether the University of Delaware is public or private continues to simmer. Less than a month after being bombarded with concerns about transparency and other issues, President Dennis Assanis faced more fierce questioning from lawmakers Tuesday. Appearing before a legislative budget committee for the second time in four weeks, top […]

Delaware legislators’ control over road projects at issue

DOVER — The program that allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawmakers for transportation projects of their choosing could see an overhaul soon to give the Department of Transportation more authority in determining where that money is spent. Every year, the capital bond bill gives money to legislators as part of the Community Transportation […]