DOVER – Five Democratic senators comprising the Senate Majority Caucus' leadership and members of the Senate Labor Committee (President Pro Tempore David B. McBride; Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry; Senate Majority Whip Nicole Poore; Senate Labor Committee Chair Robert Marshall; and Sen. John "Jack" Walsh) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME:
DOVER – A bipartisan pair of bills passed by the state Senate yesterday would implement new restrictions on offshore drilling.
The Trump administration moved in January to open nearly all offshore waters to gas and oil exploration, reversing a policy of the Obama administration. At the time, a letter of opposition to Trump’s proposal was signed by 17 Democratic state legislators.
Senate Bill 207, sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, would require state agencies to review offshore oil and gas exploration leases along Delaware’s coast to the extent permitted under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act and all pertinent state laws.
Legislation comes amid rising surplus projections in latest DEFAC report
DOVER – Following the earliest introduction of a budget bill in recent memory, the state Senate voted today to approve a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2019 more than a week ahead of its constitutional deadline.
DOVER – A Senate resolution introduced today could ultimately help Delaware become the first state to implement a “public option.”
Senate Concurrent Resolution 70, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington East, would create a study group to evaluate the particulars of a Medicaid Buy-In program for roughly 24,000 health care consumers in Delaware’s individual marketplace.
While many states, including Delaware, offer Medicaid buy-in programs, those programs are narrowly available to specific groups of health care consumers, such as working adults with disabilities. No state currently offers a broader Medicaid buy-in option for middle class consumers, although the State of Nevada recently came close.
DOVER – Dog owners that tether or crate their dogs outside may face tougher rules and penalties under two bills making their way through the state Senate this week.
The Senate Judicial and Community Affairs committee voted to release Senate Bills 216 and 217 on Wednesday, sending them to the full floor for debate and a final vote.
Both bills deal with dogs kept outside, especially during sub-freezing or extremely hot days (90-plus degrees Fahrenheit).
SB 216 strengthens shelter requirements, defining failure to provide proper shelter as cruelty to animals under state law. The bill mandates that enhanced shelter be provided for dogs being kept outside at night (11p.m.-6a.m.) or during extreme weather and bans cages, crates, and carriers intended for travel or short-term confinement from being used as permanent outdoor shelters.
DOVER – Contractors who routinely run over schedule, over budget, or short of quality standards might lose State business under legislation passed today by the Senate.
Senate Bill 208, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Nicole Poore, D-New Castle,corrects a wrinkle in Delaware law that requires State agencies to accept the lowest bid for public works projects, even from contractors with a poor record of performance.
The bill comes in response to complaints from constituents, small businesses, and nonprofits frustrated by construction projects delayed by insufficient planning and shoddy workmanship.
DOVER – Senator Harris McDowell released the following statement regarding the Joint Finance Committee’s quick completion of the state budget bill.
DOVER – Seniors struggling to afford their prescription medications are one step closer to receiving state assistance after a unanimous Senate vote on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 228 revives the Delaware Prescription Drug Payment Assistance Program, which was cut in last year’s race to cover a $354 million budget shortfall. The General Assembly, responding to a sunnier budget forecast for Fiscal Year 2019, is setting aside $2,000,000 per year for the program. Those funds will be drawn from the same 1999 tobacco settlement that funded the program’s creation in 2000.
Like in previous years, the program would be extended to Delawareans 65 and older who are under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or have prescription drug expenses that exceed 40% of their annual income.
DOVER – Senators Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, and Robert Marshall, D-Wilmington released the following statement regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee’s failure to release Senate Bill 163: