Matthews Bill Supports Gold Star Families
Package of Bills Targets Womens' Issues
Honoring the Delaware chapter of Lions Club International
Legislators participate in Easter Seals Volleyball Challenge
Lawmakers stand up for Equal Pay Day for women

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May5

The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would expand Delaware’s second-in-the-nation law prohibiting smoking in most indoor public places to include electronic cigarettes.

Sponsored by Reps. Debra Heffernan and Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins, House Bill 5 would add electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to Delaware’s 2002 Clean Indoor Air Act, which effectively banned smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor public places throughout the state. At the time, only California had a similar law in place, but today, 36 states have some form of a smoking ban for public places.

May5

Community associations that plow roads leading to neighborhood schools would be reimbursed for plowing during smaller snowstorms under legislation filed 

Rep. Sean Matthews noted that current law allows communities participating in the Delaware Department of Transportation’s snow removal program to get reimbursed for plowing roads when snow events are equal to or greater than four inches. With more than 30 schools throughout New Castle County located within subdivisions, this limit often leads to communities not being able to afford to plow during smaller snowfalls, creating hazardous travel conditions.Tuesday.

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Our juvenile justice system must not only hold youth accountable for their actions, but also protect children from unsafe environments and help them become productive members of their communities. Prosecuting very young children for minor offenses does not accomplish these goals. Children under the age of 10 have not developed the mental capacity to understand the consequences of their actions, and many react in response to underlying problems at home or in the community. 

In a recent column in this space, a leading Republican in the General Assembly lamented the state of manufacturing in Delaware, pointing to the closing of our major auto plants several years ago. But to make his point, he left out key facts that demonstrate the strength of manufacturing today in our state, including how Delaware has positioned itself as a manufacturing leader in our region and beyond.