House releases committee assignments as legislature gears up to convene Jan. 12

DOVER — Committee assignments for the upcoming 151st General Assembly are now set. The House of Representatives announced its selections Wednesday, two weeks after the Senate did the same. Ten of the 24 House committees will have new leadership, most notably the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. Rep. William Carson, D-Smyrna, will chair JFC from the […]

House releases committee assignments as legislature gears up to convene

DOVER — Committee assignments for the upcoming 151st General Assembly are now set. The House of Representatives announced its selections Wednesday, two weeks after the Senate did the same. Ten of the 24 House committees will have new leadership, most notably the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. Rep. William Carson, D-Smyrna, will chair JFC from the […]

Delaware legislature hires new chief fiscal analyst

DOVER — The General Assembly has appointed a new chief fiscal officer. Lawmakers announced Tuesday Ruth Ann Jones has been named controller general, with Bert Scoglietti as her deputy. Mike Morton, who had been the controller general for the past eight years, retired last month. The Controller General’s Office essentially serves as the fiscal arm […]

Rep. Andria Bennett charged with misdemeanor assault

DOVER — State Rep. Andria Bennett has been charged with third-degree assault after a domestic incident, police said. According to the Delaware State Police, troopers responded to St. Jones Avenue for reports of a dispute around 2:08 a.m. on Dec. 13. After an investigation, police arrested Rep. Bennett, a 49-year-old Dover Democrat, on a misdemeanor […]

Republicans urge Democratic majority to hold controversial bills during virtual session

DOVER — In the wake of Democratic leadership announcing the 151st General Assembly will begin virtually due to COVID, Republican lawmakers are calling on the legislature to avoid controversial bills for the time being. Thursday, the House speaker and Senate president pro tempore officially revealed the General Assembly will be in a virtual format when […]

Legislature announces January start will be virtual

DOVER — The General Assembly will conduct at least its first month virtually, lawmakers officially announced Thursday. Because of the pandemic, the legislature has not met in-person since January of this year, finishing its business in May and June over Zoom after taking a monthslong break. The 151st General Assembly will begin Jan. 12, with […]

Delaware Dems file juvenile justice reform bills

DOVER — Democratic lawmakers on Friday filed two criminal justice reform bills targeted at minors, with more expected before the General Assembly returns Jan. 12. The measures introduced Friday were previously filed in 2019 as part of a 19-bill package of criminal justice reform legislation. Eleven of those bills became law. “Teenagers and young people, […]

Senate releases committee assignments, Paradee chairing budget-writing panel

DOVER — Sen. Trey Paradee, a Dover Democrat, will chair the influential Joint Finance Committee, responsible for creating the state’s operating budget, from the Senate side. The Senate Democratic caucus announced committee assignments Wednesday, about a month ahead of the start of the 151st General Assembly. With this year’s elections bringing big change in the […]

Prefiled legislation would offer same-day voter registration, lift absentee voting restrictions

DOVER — Democratic lawmakers on Friday filed legislation that would expand voting access and move the state’s primary election to April. House Bill 15 would eliminate the state’s restrictions on absentee voting, striking the specific list of reasons allowing an individual to vote remotely. The second leg of a constitutional amendment, it would add to […]

Expanded Legislative Black Caucus selects leadership

DOVER — The Delaware Legislative Black Caucus announced new leadership Thursday. Formed in 2019 after the General Assembly saw its Black membership double from four to eight, the caucus now has 12 members following last month’s election. Rep. Kendra Johnson was elected chair of the group, while Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha was named vice chair. They […]