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Delaware Public Media's coverage of First State politics and government, including the General Assembly. Coverage is led by Delaware Public Media's political reporter Sarah Mueller.

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Gov. John Carney’s move to lift most COVID restrictions will open things up for Delaware restaurants, but the state’s restaurant association says challenges persist for the industry. 


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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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Stakeholders in Lewes spoke out Monday night on a local building code proposal that would account for sea level rise. 

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A former Newport police chief will not serve on town council, after a dispute about his eligibility. 

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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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Senator Tom Carper is promoting a water infrastructure bill that could make more funding available for projects in Delaware.


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A private land deal that also involves New Castle County will resolve multiple lawsuits, preserve county land and allow for more development.


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Delaware’s League of Women Voters has a user-friendly guide to help guide First State residents through upcoming school board elections.


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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.

Two pieces of legislation introduced in the Delaware Senate seek to keep violent criminals locked up until their trial.

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The City of Lewes could become the first town in Delaware to explicitly account for sea level rise in its building code.


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New Castle County residents will not see an increase in taxes next fiscal year—but sewer customers will have to pay a new fee. 

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

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The Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force, which has spent months developing proposals for police reform, voted Thursday to recommend the state legislature pass laws with the potential to transform policing in Delaware.


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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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The first round of results from the 2020 Census are out, and state officials are happy with Delaware’s count. 

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The State Senate passes legislation aimed at strengthening Delaware’s workforce and expanding higher education opportunities.


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Delaware is once again expanding SNAP benefits in an ongoing effort to address food insecurity during the pandemic. This comes alongside a federal move to feed kids this summer. 


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The Delaware Department of Justice is pursuing two separate cases against officials it says violated public trust. 

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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 task force looking at potential policing reforms meets later this week to discuss recommendations from its subcommittees, including a statewide use of force standard.

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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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Delaware youth are pushing for a constitutional amendment that would grant residents the right to a healthy environment. 

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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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The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act signed last month by President Joe Biden sends millions in the pandemic recovery funding to Delaware.

The state 3 counties along with Wilmington and Dover get their own pools of money directly from the feds.  But there’s also $85.6 million that will be split among Delaware’s 55 other cities and towns.

Contributor Larry Nagengast delves into the many nuances to divvying this money up – many still unresolved – and how some of these small towns may spend what the ultimately receive.

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