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Roman Battaglia

Reporter (Report for America corps member)

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.

He was recently a part of the Next Generation Radio Program from NPR, where he reported on immigrant experiences in Sacramento, California. 

After graduating from Oregon State University in June 2019, he worked at Jefferson Public Radio as part of the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. His story covering the role that amateur radio operators play in disaster relief won the Bill Leonard Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting.

When not out in the field, Roman enjoys baking bread and travelling.

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Republican state lawmakers unveil a package of bills seeking to change voter ID laws and reform the election system as a whole.

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Democratic state lawmakers are starting their push for paid family and medical leave for all Delawareans.


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Education took center stage on the Bond Bill committee's final day of public hearings as lawmakers heard from public schools and universities.

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A group of state lawmakers introduced a bill requiring the use of body cameras statewide.

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Lawmakers on the Bond Bill Committee heard from the Department of Correction about its growing maintenance backlog.


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The Bond Bill committee heard from the Department of Health and Social Services about its role in Gov. John Carney’s efforts to improve access to clean water.

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State lawmakers are on a break for the week while the Bond Bill committee hears about state capital projects across the state.

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Recreational marijuana advocates are protesting a few medical marijuana companies that have testified against the current marijauana bill in the state legislature.

A new bishop is selected to lead the Catholic Church in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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House lawmakers passed a bill requiring Black history education in public schools.

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State senators advanced legislation expanding access to student loan debt relief for teachers in the First State.

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Gov. John Carney is easing Coronavirus restrictions on some businesses and youth sports.

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A House committee advances the first of two gun safety bills after a four hour long hearing Tuesday.

 

The highly controversial bill would ban magazines holding more than 17 rounds.


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Lewes City Council discussed legal issues surrounding the moving of an old railroad bridge to a new display Monday night.

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A new bipartisan bill in the General Assembly would give children a day off of school for civic education.


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Sen. Tom Carper visited Milford to tout a piece of President Biden’s infrastructure agenda.

 

The clean water bill that cleared Carper’s committee on Environmental and Public Works this week is among the first pieces of legislation connected to Biden's infrastructure plan. 

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A bill easing financial burdens on those navigating family legal issues cleared the state Senate Thursday. 

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State senators confirmed some new judges to Delaware courts earlier this week.

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Debate on a bill lifting Delaware’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour moved to the House Economic Development Committee Wednesday.

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Andre Boggerty won the lone contested race in Dover’s municipal election Tuesday.

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For some political candidates, the challenge of balancing caring for their children and knocking on doors can be tough.

 

Some state lawmakers are looking to make campaigning easier for parents.

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Republican state lawmakers want more information on what raising the minimum wage would mean for Delaware.

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Lawmakers will return to Dover after over a year of virtual meetings.

 

But Leg Hall will still be closed to the public.

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While polls show a majority of Delawareans support legalization, many remain opposed, and some organizations have concerns legal weed could only bring more crime and danger to the state.

 

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talks to those putting up roadblocks approving recreational cannabis in the First State.

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Dover’s April 20th municipal election has a single contested race with three candidates vying for the Dover City Council's at-large council seat. 

 

And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talked to all three of those candidates.

The use of telemedicine services spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic — and state lawmakers seek to permanently expand access to it.


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The next round of street renovations is under consideration in Rehoboth Beach.

 

And the task force overseeing plans wants to strike a balance between aesthetics and business needs.


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The Freedom Festival will be back in Milford this year, with funding from the city.


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A Rehoboth Beach committee is preparing recommendations to bring darker skies to the city.


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The bayside beach in Dewey Beach has new rules. 

 

And not everyone is a fan of them.


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