Carney signals imminent negotiations on casino tax relief bill

DOVER — Stakeholders who’ve been advocating for casino reform in the state were pleased to see Gov. John Carney signal that discussions would “immediately” take place. The governor sent Secretary of Finance Richard Geisenberger to speak on his behalf at the Senate Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday. “These discussions have been going on since the […]

Gun control bills advance in state House with wide support

DOVER — A House committee voted Wednesday to release to the full chamber bills raising the age to buy a long gun and creating a clearly defined procedure for removing guns from individuals who have mental illnesses or are judged to be dangerous. Both bills were approved unanimously by the five-member House Administration Committee. The […]

Report: State falling short in preventing harassment

  DOVER — About 10 percent of Delaware executive branch employees have failed to read and acknowledge a required anti-discrimination policy, according to a report released Tuesday by the governor’s office and the Department of Human Resources. Also, only 9,000 employees have undergone voluntary sexual harassment prevention training since 2006. The report, developed by Human […]

Legislation would ban all child marriages in state

  DOVER — A bill filed Tuesday would prevent anyone under the age of 18 from getting married in Delaware, making the First State the only state to completely ban all marriages involving minors. Current state law requires individuals to be at least 18 to get married unless an exception is granted by a Family […]

From the Hall: Delaware lawmakers will be busy this week with gun legislation

  DOVER — If you care about gun rights or gun control, you might want to pay attention to the Delaware Legislature this week. Firearms — and Second Amendment rights — will take center stage Wednesday and possibly Thursday as well, as state lawmakers seek to raise the age to buy a long gun, ban […]

House passes bill to ban bump stocks

  DOVER — The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would make it illegal to own or possess bump stocks, devices that accelerate the rate of fire and were allegedly used by a gunman who killed 58 bystanders in Las Vegas in October. By a 25-3 vote, with 11 not voting and two absent, […]

Rep. Miro is 8th lawmaker to announce plans to retire

  DOVER — Rep. Joe Miro, a Pike Creek Valley Republican, became the latest state lawmaker to join the exodus, announcing Thursday he will not seek re-election. Seven other lawmakers have already said they will retire at the end of the session. Rep. Miro, who had been rumored to be contemplating retirement, revealed the news […]

Legislative business canceled Wednesday due to snowstorm

DOVER — Snow caused the Delaware General Assembly to cancel all scheduled business Wednesday, including a committee hearing on two gun control bills and the final meeting of a task force examining marijuana legalization. Both House Bill 330 and House Substitute 1 for House Bill 302 were to be voted on by the House Administration […]

Another state lawmaker retiring as Rep. Johnson won’t seek 8th term

DOVER — Rep. J.J. Johnson, a New Castle Democrat, announced Tuesday he will not seek an eighth term. He is the seventh lawmaker to announce retirement since the summer. “I come here this afternoon to address a rumor that’s been spread. And the rumor is that I’m not running for reelection, I plan on retiring. […]

Lawmakers to debate guns, pot, and spending

DOVER — After a break of more than five weeks, lawmakers return Tuesday ready to confront issues ranging from marijuana to gun control to assisted suicide to spending. The clock is ticking: Because this is the second leg of the 149th General Assembly, bills that aren’t passed when lawmakers leave the capitol for the final […]