Latest Delaware state government News

Judge bars enforcement of Delaware 'ghost gun' restrictions

Sep. 24, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has issued an injunction barring Delaware from enforcing provisions of a new law outlawing the manufacture and possession of homemade “ghost guns,” which can’t be traced by law enforcement officials because they don’t have serial numbers. ...

Judge says Delaware vote-by-mail law is unconstitutional

Sep. 14, 2022 21:11 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge ruled Wednesday that a new vote-by-mail law enacted earlier this year is unconstitutional and that voting by mail cannot be used in upcoming November election. Vice Chancellor Nathan Cook ruled that the law, the result of legislation that...

York wins Democratic primary for Delaware auditor

Sep. 13, 2022 23:45 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Political newcomer Lydia York won Delaware’s Democratic primary for state auditor on Tuesday against embattled incumbent Kathy McGuiness, who is awaiting sentencing on criminal corruption charges. York, an attorney who was endorsed by the state Democratic...

Judge upholds two of Delaware auditor's three convictions

Aug. 30, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday upheld two convictions against Delaware’s Democratic state auditor for official misconduct and conflict of interest but tossed a jury’s third misdemeanor conviction for improperly structuring contract payments to a consulting firm. In...

Ex-legislative candidate dies in Delaware crash this week

Aug. 26, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

HARTLY, Del. (AP) — A woman who died in a two-car collision this week at a Delaware intersection was a former General Assembly candidate. Delaware State Police announced on Friday that Catherine Samardza, 67, of Hartly, died from Wednesday's accident after she was taken to a local...

Officials: Trooper disciplined for sharing info with friend

Aug. 22, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware state trooper who illegally used a criminal justice computer system to find New Jersey vehicle information for a friend has been placed on six months’ probation, the Department of Justice said. The department said Friday that James Boyda was...

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.” ...