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Legislative Update

Daily during Morning Edition & All Things Considered (during General Assembly session)

Delaware Public Media Political Reporters cover the state's General Assembly each and every day lawmakers are in session.  You can hear in-depth reports on what's happening at Legislative Hall during both Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

Gov. Carney signs consent legislation

Sep 10, 2019
Sarah Mueller / Delaware Public Media

There’s new state laws on consent in education and in health care.


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Kids in Delaware could soon get fewer sugary drinks when eating out.


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State lawmakers sent Gov. John Carney 11 pieces of legislation revamping the criminal justice system this year.


New law seeks to improve payment of child support

Jul 1, 2019
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A bill designed to make it easier and more efficient for Delaware’s Division of Child Support Services to collect child support payments is now law.

 

 

State Sen. Harris McDowell announces retirement

Jul 1, 2019
Sarah Mueller / Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s longest-serving state senator said he won’t run again in 2020.


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Lawmakers put the final touches on the state’s 2020 budget bills, passing the capital spending Bond Bill and Grant-in-Aid package during the 2019 session’s final day.

Delaware Senate passes Fiscal Year 2020 Bond Bill

Jun 27, 2019
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Funding for Delaware’s capital projects is one step closer to the governor’s desk.


Two more criminal justice bills go to Gov. Carney

Jun 26, 2019
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The General Assembly is sending more criminal justice legislation to Gov. John Carney.


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The Delaware Department of Correction has a new commissioner.

Gov. Carney signs state's FY 2020 operating budget

Jun 25, 2019
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The first piece of Delaware’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget puzzle is in place.


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Legislation seeking to create a compensation fund for people the state has wrongfully convicted was voted out of committee last week.


Delaware sees slight bump in latest revenue estimate

Jun 19, 2019
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The final state revenue numbers are in as lawmakers finish crafting the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

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Proposed legislation could move the Delaware Autism Program from the Christina School District to the Delaware Department of Education.


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Legislation requiring schools to teach students the definition of consent gets a House committee hearing this week.


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Legislation helping inmates reduce their fees and fines is being amended to also help people outside of prison.


$15 minimum wage legislation on hold until next year

Jun 13, 2019
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State lawmakers won’t vote on a $15 minimum wage bill until next year.


Minimum wage increase clears one State Senate hurdle

Jun 12, 2019
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Legislation that would raise Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour made it out of a Senate committee Wednesday.


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Delaware is the first state in the U.S. to levy a fee on drug manufacturers for the opioids dispensed in the state.

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Legislation leaving more sentencing decisions to judges is heading to the Delaware Senate.


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State lawmakers could raise the state’s high school dropout age.


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Legislation adding higher tax rates for wealthier Delawareans is unlikely to get a floor vote again this year.


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Some Delaware lawmakers want to find more money to invest in water infrastructure improvements.

Legislation creating a clean water trust fund cleared a House committee this week.


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The House Revenue and Finance Committee released legislation seeking to legalize adult use cannabis.


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Legislation expanding the law that seeks to prevent children from getting access to loaded guns is heading to Gov. John Carney (D).

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Raising the state’s minimum wage is popping up again at Legislative Hall. The issue halted legislative work for hours on the last day of session last year.


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More Delaware state workers can now collectively bargain for higher wages. Gov. John Carney signed legislation Thursday allowing state workers to bargain for working conditions and wages at the same time.


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Members of the Joint Finance Committee are raising the possibility of not extending prison health provider Connections’ contract through 2020.


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Delaware revenue numbers keep rising as lawmakers move to draft the next fiscal year’s budget.

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Some Delaware lawmakers want to reinstate capital punishment in the First State.

Opioid impact fee legislation heads to Gov. Carney

May 16, 2019
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A bill creating an opioid impact fee on drug manufacturers cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday.

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