Latest Delaware state government News

Fed panel: Delaware suit against oil industry is state issue

Aug. 17, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit filed by Delaware’s attorney general seeking to hold the petroleum industry responsible for climate change effects in the state must be heard in state court instead of federal court. Wednesday's ruling by a...

Delaware abortion helpline to provide free legal advice

Aug. 11, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Department of Justice is launching a helpline providing free legal advice about abortion access to people who live in and outside the state. Officials announced Wednesday that lawyers from a dozen private Delaware law firms will answer legal...

Judge upholds auditor effort to subpoena Medicaid records

Aug. 10, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion by Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services to quash a subpoena from the state auditor’s office seeking information regarding eligibility for Medicaid programs. Judge Craig Karsnitz rejected the...

Judge refuses to dismiss suit against DMV over vanity tag

Aug. 01, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Delaware government officials who recalled a vanity license plate issued to a breast cancer survivor because of what the state transportation secretary described as a “perceived profanity.” ...

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. ...

Tree that witnessed council of war to be memorialized

Jul. 24, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

STANTON, Del. (AP) — At the historic Hale-Byrnes House, an enduring relic of the revolutionary era stands tall and mighty but may be on its final breath. The more than 300-year-old sycamore tree played host to a Sept. 6, 1777, council of war led by General George Washington. At the...

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....

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Judge dismisses Delaware AG's suit over PCB contamination

Jul. 12, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware Superior Court judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state's Democratic attorney general against agricultural giant Monsanto Co. over environmental damage from now-banned toxic chemicals known as PCBs. In recent years, PCBs have been at the...