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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 […]

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Democrat gun bills clear Delaware Senate, head to House

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Senate has approved Democratic proposals to outlaw high-capacity magazines and require anyone wanting to buy a handgun to first take a training course, be fingerprinted and obtain a permit from the state. The bills passed the Democrat-controlled chamber Thursday with no GOP support. They now go to the Democrat-led House for consideration after the legislature's two-week Easter break. Supporters of the proposals contend that […]

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State Senate OKs bill outlawing intentional balloon releases

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Senate has approved an anti-pollution bill outlawing the intentional release of balloons into the environment. The measure passed the Senate on a 19-1 vote Thursday and now goes to the House. The balloons are often used in celebrations ranging from birthday parties to funerals. But supporters of the bill say they contribute to litter and pose a danger to marine animals and other wildlife. […]

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DE Senate approves permanent funding for disadvantaged students

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Senate has approved a bill mandating that weighted funding for disadvantaged school students become a permanent fixture in the state budget. The bill is an outgrowth of a legal settlement last year in a lawsuit over school funding. It passed the Senate on a unanimous vote Thursday and now goes to the House. The bill codifies so-called Opportunity Funding that Democratic Gov. John Carney' […]

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Bill calls for mental health workers in elementary schools

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill mandating that elementary schools in Delaware be staffed with counselors, social workers and psychologists is headed to the House floor for a vote. The Education Committee voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to send the bill to the full House. Supporters of the bill say mental health disorders are the most common health problem for school-aged children, and that half of lifetime mental health illnesses being […]

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