Police accountability subcommittees to meet

DOVER — The four subcommittees of a legislative task force focused on police accountability will meet in the coming weeks. The sessions, set to take place remotely, follow the initial Aug. 6 gathering of the full group. All meetings of the task force and its subgroups will be livestreamed on the General Assembly’s YouTube channel […]

Racial equity task force hosts initial meeting

DOVER — A task force looking at issues Black Delawareans face held its first meeting Wednesday. The group, formed through legislation in June, aims to study structural and explicit racism in hopes of taking steps toward a more equitable society. It is broken up into four subcommittees: economic opportunity, health and welfare, safety and justice, […]

Sen. Harris McDowell, state’s longest-serving lawmaker, departs

DOVER — The last time Harris McDowell was not in the Delaware Senate, the NBA had 18 teams, gas cost less than a dollar and Gerald Ford was president. Oh, and at least three current senators were not even born. First elected in 1976, the longest-serving legislator in Delaware history is not running for office, […]

Police accountability task force holds initial meeting

DOVER — A group created by lawmakers earlier this summer to review police conduct in the wake of national outrage and protests held its first meeting today. The session, held online, served simply as an introduction to the process, with the chairmen laying out a broad goal and plan. The Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force, […]

Sen. McBride denies claims of residency issues ahead of primary election

DOVER — Long the subject of rumors about his residency, the highest-ranking member of the Senate is pushing back. President Pro Tempore David McBride, a New Castle Democrat who has represented the 13th Senatorial District since 1980, was recently accused of not actually living in his district. Sen. McBride, who has a primary challenge in […]

Former legislative employee charged with two felonies relating to theft of retirement gift

DOVER — A former employee of the General Assembly has been charged with two felonies for allegedly stealing a retiring colleague’s farewell fund. The Delaware Department of Justice announced Tuesday Dawn Hill, the executive assistant for the Controller General’s Office, has been indicted on one count of felony theft over $1,500 with a victim over […]

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 […]