Latest Delaware State General Assembly News

State lawmaker won't seek reelection after anti-Asian slur

Jul. 26, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic House leaders in Delaware have indicated that they have no plans to initiate an ethics investigation that could lead to the ouster of a fellow Democrat who used a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers. Amid public backlash and...

Delaware could get more than $100M in opioid settlement

Jul. 21, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware could receive more than $100 million under a proposed $26 billion nationwide settlement with producers and distributors of opioid painkillers, state officials said Wednesday. The proposed settlement is the result of a yearslong effort by...

Delaware lawmaker apologizes for making Asian slur in email

Jul. 20, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker in Delaware has apologized for using a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers, saying he “dehumanized an entire culture.” State Rep. Gerald Brady of Wilmington made the comments in a June 27 email he...

Black caucus: Several legislative aims were met this session

Jul. 11, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Legislative Black Caucus says that several of its legislative aims were met during the General Assembly's latest session. The Delaware State News reported Sunday that the caucus's Justice for All Agenda focused on addressing systemic...

Spending, criminal justice highlight legislative session

Jun. 30, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers wrapped up this year' legislative session on Wednesday. Here's a look at some of the highlights: SPENDING Buoyed by rosy revenue forecasts that belied overly pessimistic estimates from early during the...

Delaware lawmakers wrap up legislative session

Jun. 30, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation doling out $63 million in taxpayer money to community organizations, nonprofit groups and volunteer fire companies. Senators voted unanimously on the final day of this year's legislation...

Bill revising use-of-force standard gets final approval

Jun. 29, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to legislation revising the standard under which the use of force, whether lethal or nonlethal, is justified under Delaware law. Under current law, the use of deadly force by a police officer, or anyone...

Record capital budget adds to record operating budget

Jun. 29, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers on Tuesday approved a whopping $1.3 billion capital budget for construction, transportation and economic development projects, almost double the current year’s budget. The spending plan is $460 million more than the record $894.4...

Delaware operating budget for next year gets final approval

Jun. 24, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Senate lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 that adds hundreds of millions of dollars to the budget that Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed in January. The Senate voted 20-to-1 for a $4.77...

Lawmakers pass bill requiring cash bail for more crimes

Jun. 24, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to legislation requiring more people charged with serious crimes to pay cash bail in order to be released from custody pending trial. The legislation was approved on a 32-8 vote in the House and...