Latest Delaware State General Assembly News

Senate vote on auditor criticized as "political theater"

Jul. 25, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Senate Democrats voted in a special session Monday to seek to remove Delaware’s state auditor from office, an action criticized as meaningless “political theater” by the Democratic House speaker. Senators voted 13-7 for a resolution to hold a joint session...

Delaware GOP sues to block election reforms

Jul. 24, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Republicans in Delaware are challenging two new laws that allow for same-day voter registration and mail-in ballots. Party officials announced the lawsuit on Friday, just hours after Democratic Gov. John Carney signed legislation enacting the changes. ...

Gun groups sue over Delaware gun control legislation

Jul. 22, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware gun rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction against recently passed gun control legislation. The Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, The News Journal reported....

Stricter plastic bag ban in effect in Delaware

Jul. 03, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A tightened-up plastic bag ban has taken effect in Delaware. The law prohibiting all businesses other than restaurants from distributing plastic carryout bags kicked in Friday, the News Journal reported. Some establishments are instead...

Delaware lawmakers wrap up this year's legislative session

Jun. 30, 2022 22:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers wrapped up the year’s legislative session with a flurry of action on secondary bills Thursday, after a successful push by majority Democrats to enact higher-profile measures tightening gun ownership laws and expanding abortion access. Gov....

Gun control bills win final approval from Delaware lawmakers

Jun. 16, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Bills outlawing several types of semiautomatic firearms and magazines capable of holding more than 17 rounds have won final approval in Delaware’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly with no Republican support. The magazine bill passed the House on a 23-18...

House votes to raise minimum gun purchase age to 21

Jun. 14, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — House lawmakers have approved a bill raising the minimum age for anyone in Delaware to legally possess or purchase any rifle, or firearm ammunition, from 18 to 21, the same age requirement for handguns. The bill cleared the House 27-13 on a mostly party-line vote...

Delaware House approves ban on many semiautomatic weapons

Jun. 09, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House on Thursday approved a bill banning the sale or possession of a wide variety of semiautomatic firearms in Delaware. The bill passed on a 22-19 vote just seven days after it was introduced and now goes to the Senate, which is also controlled by...

Bill limits criminal history queries on college applications

Jun. 09, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill prohibiting colleges and universities in Delaware from asking prospective students questions about their criminal backgrounds during the application process or admissions, with limited exceptions. The bill passed the...

Democrats advance gun control bills in Delaware legislature

Jun. 08, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Bills banning the sale or possession of a wide variety of semiautomatic firearms in Delaware and prohibiting anyone under age 21 from buying a firearm are headed to the House floor after clearing a Democrat-led committee Wednesday. The bills are part of a package...