New push made to expand state’s medical marijuana program

DOVER — Legislation filed last week would expand the state’s medical marijuana program, allowing coverage of more conditions and illnesses. Senate Bill 24 would authorize a doctor to recommend a patient for any condition “for which the medical use of medical marijuana is likely to provide a therapeutic or palliative benefit.” The Delaware Code currently […]

Retired state employees seek hike in pensions

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal calls for setting aside $45 million lawmakers can use for a future budget crunch, but that money is already being pulled in several directions. Whether those dollars end up being allocated for the fiscal year starting July 1 or saved could depend simply on how much influence the […]

Pay hike, no new taxes in Gov. Carney’s $4.43 billion budget plan

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s proposed operating budget marks a 3.8 percent increase over the current fiscal year and includes another pay raise for state employees. Combined, the spending plan totals $5.2 billion — $4.43 billion for operating expenses, $679 million for capital projects, $48 million for nonprofits and $39 million in one-time money. The […]

Battle brewing: Democrats seek repeal of youth and training wages

DOVER — Seven months after a fight over the minimum wage almost completely derailed the final day of the 149th General Assembly, Democrats are attempting to undo a key part of the compromise. Legislation filed Thursday would eliminate the training and youth wages, which were created July 1 after Democrats and Republicans spent several hours […]

Carney’s budget proposal includes pay raise for state workers

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s proposed operating budget marks a 3.8 percent increase over the current fiscal year and includes another pay raise for state employees. The general spending plan totals $4.43 billion, although the governor’s recommendations also include $679 million for capital projects, $48 million for nonprofits and $39 million in one-time money, most […]

Carney outlines plan in State of the State

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s 2019 State of the State both highlighted what the state’s chief executive sees as his administration’s main accomplishments over the previous two years and offered a look at his legislative priorities over the next five-plus months, touching on both divisive and noncontroversial issues. The State of the State typically serves […]

Equal Rights Amendment approved

DOVER — The Delaware Senate approved the Equal Rights Amendment Wednesday, enshrining it in the state constitution. By a 16-5 vote, senators passed the bill, adding to the constitution a short section stating, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.” The House passed the measure 35-6 […]

Democrats push bills to expand Delaware voting rights

DOVER — Democrats on Wednesday filed three bills that would establish early voting and same-day voter registration and move the primary election from September to April. But, Republican opponents argue the changes could lead to a potential for voter fraud. While similar versions of the measures passed the House in the prior General Assembly but […]

Delaware’s first congresswomen honored for ERA fight

DOVER — In the early 1970s, six female trailblazers from the 126th Delaware General Assembly set out to make a bold change for women as they worked to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The legislative action the six women championed was approved by the U.S. Congress March 22, 1972, seeking equal […]

Delaware legislators  file Equal Rights Amendment ahead of January return

DOVER — Delaware could have an Equal Rights Amendment in a matter of weeks. Lawmakers on Thursday filed House Bill 1, a proposal that would add to the state constitution a line reading, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.” An identical measure passed the General […]