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State lawmaker won’t seek reelection after anti-Asian slur

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic House leaders in Delaware apparently have chosen not to initiate disciplinary proceedings against a fellow Democrat who used a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers. Democratic Rep. Gerald Brady of Wilmington made the comments in a June 27 email he inadvertently sent to an advocate for decriminalizing prostitution. House leaders meanwhile claimed in a statement issued Monday that they cannot unilaterally take […]

today07/27/2021 7


Delaware lawmakers convene for final day of session

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Lawmakers in Delaware are putting the final touches on this year's legislative session. Members of the House and Senate were to convene Wednesday afternoon for the final day of the session and were expected to work past midnight before adjourning. Lawmakers have already approved record-high operating and capital budgets for the new fiscal year starting Thursday. A $65 million package of grants to community organizations, nonprofit […]

today06/30/2021 4


Bill opening up Delaware police internal records clears committee

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Senate committee has voted to advance a bill making police disciplinary records in Delaware accessible to the public. The bill would also mandate that the records be disclosed in civil and criminal court proceedings. The legislation also authorizes local government that operate law-enforcement agencies to establish community review boards with the authority to hear and decide police disciplinary matters. The committee voted Wednesday to release […]

today06/17/2021 7


DE Senate gives final approval to 2 gun-control bills

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Senate has given final approval to a bill outlawing homemade "ghost guns" that don't have serial numbers. Lawmakers on Tuesday also approved legislation criminalizing the purchase or possession of a gun by people in certain categories. Those include anyone against whom an abuse-protection order has been issued or for whom an arrest warrant has been issued, as well as those indicted of any felony […]

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Delaware Senate OKs bill on cash bail, sends it to the House

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's state Senate has approved a bill requiring more people charged with crimes to pay cash bail in order to be released from custody pending trial. The legislation approved Thursday establishes secured cash bail as the baseline to be used by judges in determining pretrial release conditions for people charged with 38 specific offenses. The Senate also passed legislation revising the standard under which the use […]

today06/11/2021 7


Lawmakers eye more exemptions to target “abuse'” of FOIA

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are proposing to give public officials more reasons to deny requests for public records under Delaware's Freedom of Information Act and require people seeking public records to pay new fees. A bill released by a Senate committee following a hearing Wednesday allows government workers to deny FOIA requests they consider to be "unreasonably broad, unduly burdensome, intended to disrupt the essential functions of the […]

today06/10/2021 6


Business compliance with plastic bag ban upsets lawmakers

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic legislators in Delaware are complaining that grocery stores and other retailers are exploiting a "loophole" in a law prohibiting the use of certain plastic bags when the businesses are actually doing exactly what the law requires. A law that took effect this year prohibits store owners from providing thin "single-use" plastic bags at the checkout counter. Customers must now use paper bags or thicker, "reusable" […]

today06/07/2021 11


Bill requiring state permit to buy handgun clears committee

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill requiring anyone in Delaware who wants to buy a handgun to first be fingerprinted, undergo training and obtain permission from the state has cleared a Democrat-led House committee. The Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to send the legislation to the full House while acknowledging that amendments are likely. Supporters say the bill will help reduce gun homicides and suicides and make it […]

today05/12/2021 9


Large-capacity magazines ban clears Delaware House committee

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Democratic proposal to outlaw high-capacity firearm magazines in Delaware cleared a House committee on Tuesday and will be sent to the full House. The measure passed the committee on a strict party line vote after clearing the Senate earlier this month with no Republican support. The legislation outlaws the sale or possession of magazines capable of holding more than 17 rounds. Supporters claim it can […]

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