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Delaware lawmakers give final approval to marijuana bills

DOVER, Del. (AP) — With final approval from the Delaware Senate, bills legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults and authorizing a state-licensed and regulated cannabis industry are on their way to Gov. John Carney for his signature. Tuesday's votes could prompt a battle with the Democratic governor, who vetoed a legalization bill last year. One bill would legalize personal possession by those 21 and older of up to one ounce […]

today03/29/2023 14


Delaware House approves legalizing recreational marijuana

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware House has once again approved a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in the state. House members voted 28-13 on Tuesday afternoon to approve and send to the state Senate a measure to allow personal use by those 21 and older of 1 ounce or less of leaf marijuana or equivalent amounts in other forms. Democrats have tried for several years […]

today03/09/2023 31


Musk’s Tesla pay package under scrutiny in Delaware court

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for a Tesla shareholder are urging a Delaware judge to invalidate a 2018 compensation package awarded to CEO Elon Musk that is potentially worth more than $55 billion. The plaintiff's lawyers argued Tuesday that the compensation package should be voided because it was dictated by Musk and subject to sham negotiations with directors who were not independent of him. Defense attorneys countered that the pay […]

today02/22/2023 18


Milford’s Carlisle Fire Company names first Black chief

MILFORD, Del. (AP) — Donning an air mask and heading into a blaze without hesitation, hose in hand — that's one way to earn respect as the newest volunteer in your fire department. Such was the case for Shawn Hinton in 2004, when he joined the Carlisle Fire Co. in Milford as a 17-year-old junior firefighter, according to Charles Vanaman, chief of the agency at the time.  "Shawn was always […]

today02/06/2023 18


Carney agrees restriction on judgeships is unconstitutional

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney has acknowledged that a provision splitting positions on Delaware's highest courts between Republicans and Democrats is unconstitutional. The acknowledgment came in a proposed consent agreement filed Monday in a federal court case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2020. Carney agrees that a "major-party" provision in Delaware's constitution regarding appointments to Delaware's Supreme Court, Superior Court and Chancery Court is unconstitutional. […]

today01/31/2023 10


Delaware Gov. John Carney tests positive for COVID-19

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor's office announced on Saturday. Carney tested positive late Friday using an at-home antigen test after experiencing mild symptoms, according to a news release.  Carney, 66, said he's "feeling fine" and is isolating himself — following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines — and will work from home. This marks Carney's second publicly announced […]

today01/30/2023 12


Carney proposes operating budget increase of more than 7%

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney is proposing to boost Delaware's government operating budget by more than 7% over the current year's budget, with hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending for state employee pay raises, health care and affordable housing. The spending plan Carney announced Thursday calls for an operating budget of $5.48 billion, up from this year's $5.1 billion budget, which included pay increases for […]

today01/27/2023 16


Effort to legalize recreational weed in Delaware begins anew

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill authorizing the creation of a state-licensed recreational marijuana industry in Delaware has cleared a Democrat-led House committee. The measure discussed Tuesday is one piece of a renewed effort by Democratic lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults 21 and older and to build a cannabis industry like those in some neighboring states. The proposal does not allow individuals to grow their own plants. […]

today01/25/2023 17


Carney focuses heavily on education in State of State speech

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney called for more investments in education, the environment and affordable housing Thursday in his State of the State address. Carney's proposals include increasing housing stock by using federal American Rescue Plan funding to help rehabilitate blighted homes, raising teacher pay and boosting funding for early childhood education programs. Carney also is calling for $50 million in "Opportunity Funding" targeted at improving academic […]

today01/20/2023 11