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DE Senate vote on Auditor criticized as “political theater”

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Senate Democrats have voted to seek to remove Delaware's state auditor from office. Senators voted 13-7 Monday for a resolution to hold a joint session of the legislature regarding the removal of Auditor Kathy McGuiness, a Democrat. The resolution must also be approved by the House, but Democratic House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf said he has no plans to call a special session. He criticized the Senate […]

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Delaware lawmakers wrap up this year’s legislative session

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers have wrapped up legislative session with action on secondary bills after a successful push by Democrats to enact higher-profile measures tightening gun ownership laws and expanding access to abortions. Gov. John Carney put an exclamation point on Thursday's session end, signing a package of gun control measures that fellow Democrats rammed through the General Assembly in the wake of recent mass shootings in other […]

today07/01/2022 4


Delaware Senate OKs bill limiting firearm magazine capacity

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill outlawing firearm magazines capable of holding more than 17 rounds has passed Delaware's Democrat-led Senate with no Republican support. The legislation was approved on a 13-7 vote Tuesday and sent to the House. Sen. Bruce Ennis of Smyrna, a retired state trooper, was the lone Democrat to join GOP lawmakers in opposition. The measure is part of a package of gun-control bills that Democrats […]

today06/08/2022 17


Constitutional amendment on bail clears first hurdle

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware State Senate has given initial approval to a proposed constitutional amendment under which criminal offenders other than those charged with murder could be held without bail. The measure passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday and now goes to the House. It is the first leg of a constitutional amendment that must receive two-thirds approval by both chambers in two consecutive General Assemblies. The amendment […]

today05/06/2022 20


Marijuana legalization bill clears Delaware House

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware House has approved a bill legalizing possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use. The legislation cleared the Democrat-led House on 26-14 vote Thursday and now goes to the Senate, which is also controlled by Democrats. But Democratic Gov. John Carney has previously expressed doubts about legalizing recreational marijuana. Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana by anyone […]

today05/06/2022 21


Bill allows DE nursing homes to consider flu shots in hiring

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has unanimously passed a measure that allows nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Delaware to fire employees who do not get flu shots. The legislation approved Tuesday eliminates language in the existing law that states that employment in such facilities will not be contingent on influenza immunization. Supporters of the bill say it provides flexibility for nursing and assisted living facilities to […]

today05/05/2022 15


Lawmakers eye tenant protections from bed bug infestations

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has voted unanimously for legislation prohibiting Delaware landlords from renting residential units with known or suspected bed bug infestations. The bill approved Tuesday also requires landlords to notify prospective tenants if an adjacent unit or units are infested with or being treated for bed bugs. It also requires landlords to promptly respond to complaints of actual or suspected bed bug infestations, and provide […]

today05/04/2022 19


Delaware marijuana legalization bill defeated in House vote

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill seeking to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in Delaware and establish a state-run pot industry has been defeated in the state House. Members of the Democrat-led chamber voted 23-14 in favor the legislation on Thursday. But it fell short of a three-fifths majority — or 25 votes in favor. That was needed because it would impose a new tax. No Republicans voted in […]

today03/11/2022 49


DE Health care bill advances for kids who are illegally in US

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill providing state taxpayer-funded health care for children who are in the country illegally and ineligible for Medicaid or other federally funded coverage has cleared a House committee. The Democrat-led committee voted unanimously Wednesday to release the bill for consideration by the full House. The legislation establishes a health care coverage program for children in Delaware whose family income is at or below the income […]

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