Rep. Kim Williams Newsletter: June 13, 2013

Dear Neighbor,

There are only three weeks left in the 2013 legislative session. As a freshman legislator filling the seat occupied by Rep. Bob Gilligan for the last 40 years, this session has been a tremendous opportunity to learn the ropes down in Legislative Hall. Rep. Gilligan served our district and state tirelessly for his entire career, and I could not be more proud to be serving the 19th District.

In my first legislative session, I have heard from many of many constituents about the important issues facing Delaware. When I hear from constituents, I do my very best to make sure I understand the full scope of what they are saying, and turn those conversations into actions. In large part, that is why I write these newsletters – to make sure I am communicating with my constituents. In this newsletter, I touch on the passage of my first bill, House Bill 90, discuss an exciting opportunity I’ve been granted, highlight the Wilmington & Western Railroad, and ask that you keep on the lookout for West Nile Virus. My hope is that in presenting these stories to you, we maintain the strong dialog we have had so far this session.

On July 1, the General Assembly goes out of session until January 2014. I am sure that in that time I will have the chance to speak with many of you in person. I look forward to those conversations as they will help prepare me to come back to Dover and represent the 19th District to my best abilities.




Governor Signs House Bill 90

Last week, my first bill was signed into law by Governor Jack Markell at Forest Oak Elementary School. House Bill 90 streamlines Delaware’s school choice program to ensure all families can choose the best education option for them. As a former local PTA president and a school board member, I have been a long-time advocate for improvements to our school choice program. Not only does this bill make the process easier, it makes it fair. All students deserve a level playing field in the choice system. I am thrilled to have helped get this measure passed and I look forward to continuing to work with schools and educators to help our children succeed.










Emerging Leaders Program

I have been selected as one of 50 state legislators from across the country to participate in a national leadership conference this summer. The 2013 Emerging Leaders Program is part of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides specialized educational and enrichment programs for state legislative leaders. As a new legislator, I am honored to have been selected to participate in this prestigious program.  I am looking forward to attending this conference in July, meeting state legislators from all over the country, and discussing issues that affect us all on both a local and national level.

Small Business Spotlight: Wilmington & Western Railroad

All aboard on the Wilmington & Western Railroad! The route of the original Wilmington & Western was laid out in the early 1870s, and soon after, men and machines went to work moving goods and passengers along the Red Clay Valley. Since 1966, the modern-day Wilmington & Western has moved hundreds of thousands of kids (both young and old) along this same route. The railroad features tons of summer fun for the entire family. July 28 is the annual Wild West Robbery Ride. On August 10, bring the whole family to Summerfest, which features food, fun and trains. For more information about these events and so much more, visit or call (302) 998-1930.









Be Aware of West Nile Virus

Help protect your family this summer. The state Division of Fish and Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is again asking the public’s help in monitoring West Nile Virus in Delaware by reporting sick or dead wild birds of certain species that may have contracted the virus. West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease that rates of considerable concern to the health of humans and unvaccinated horses.  Beginning now, the Mosquito Control Section requests that the public report sick or dead birds of the following species only: crows, blue jays, cardinals, robins, hawks or owls, plus clusters of three or more sick or dead wild birds of any species. Bird specimens should have been dead for less than 24 hours and not appear to have died or been killed by other obvious causes.