Rep. Baumbach's February Newsletter

 

Dear Neighbor,

Hello! The Delaware General Assembly returned in January for our 2014 session. I’m excited to be working together and creating solutions to the challenges facing our state. Several bills have already passed, including legislation to raise Delaware’s minimum wage. Various new bills also have been introduced, including several I’ve sponsored, mentioned below.

Valentine’s Day is approaching. I encourage you to join me in patronizing our local restaurants and shops, including Gamble’s Newark Florist on Main Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to contact my office at 744-4351.

Sincerely,

Paul Baumbach
State Representative
23rd District


Winter Weather

Check out the State of Delaware’s weather page for updates, advisories and other information relating to winter weather. 


Newark Senior Center Empty Bowls 2014

Come out to the Newark Senior Center on Sunday, Feb. 9 for their annual Empty Bowls night, benefiting the Meals on Wheels program. Doors open at 4 p.m. for a night of delicious homemade soups from local restaurants, pottery and entertainment. Click here (then scroll down) to find out more and to register.


Newark Arts Alliance Winter Party

The Newark Arts Alliance will host their winter party, “The Art of Dessert,” on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For the cost of $17, enjoy a variety of desserts, the February exhibition “Mad About Red,” and find a perfect Valentine’s Day gift in the gallery shop. 

Where: 276 E Main St, Suite 102, Market East Plaza, Newark
For information: (302) 266-7266


Monthly Coffee

Wednesday, Feb. 5, I will host my monthly Community Coffee Talk at the Panera on Main Street from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Please stop by to discuss current issues in Newark and our state.


Minimum Wage Boost

Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 6, raising Delaware’s minimum wage, into law Thursday. I was proud to cosponsor SB 6 and am excited to see it become law. The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $7.75 on June 1 of this year, and an additional 50 cents to $8.25 by June 1, 2015. 


E-Cigarettes Bill

A bill that will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors has been introduced in the General Assembly. House Bill 241, of which I am a co-prime sponsor, defines modern e-cigarettes as a tobacco substitute and prohibits their sale to minors.  The bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and I look forward to its passage.


Manufactured Housing Legislation

I introduced two bills regarding manufactured housing communities this January.

  • House Bill 233 eliminates language concerning a Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Authority requirement from the Delaware Code that has been fulfilled and is no longer relevant. HB 233 was released from the Manufactured Housing Committee on Jan. 29.
     
  • House Bill 234 further clarifies changes made by last year’s passage of Senate Bill 33, regarding manufactured housing rent justification. Chief among these changes is a provision that requires market rent comparisons to be done community to community and not lot to lot.